Milo Milan is 6lb higher than when landing this 12 months ago but goes well fresh and a repeat isn't out of the question. However, it may be worth giving UPTHEMSTEPS a chance to continue the improvement he showed in the spring when he won a novices' chase at Towcester and a better race at Kelso. Merry King and Bubbly Bruce will both be better for recent comeback runs but Seedless was soon in trouble at Hereford at the start of the month and she looks plenty high enough in the weights at present.
Merry King (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Mid-division, chased leading pair after 5 out, outpaced 3 out, soon no chance with front pair, lost moderate 3rd near finish, 4th of 10, 18l behind Bury Parade (10-13) at Carlisle 2m beg chs (4) sft in Oct.
Upthemsteps (IRE) 5-4fav (11-10) Tracked leader, challenged last, soon led, kept on, driven out, won at Kelso 2m 6f nov hcp chs (3) gs in May beating South O'The Border (11-0) by 1l, 4 ran.
Seedless 15-8fav (11-12) Jumped left, led until 2nd, tracked winner until 4th, not fluent next, reminder after 7th, outpaced when left 3rd 10th, well behind 3 out, 3rd of 5, well behind Misstree Dancer (11-4) at Hereford 2m 5f Mares Handicap Chase (0-120) (4yo+) (4) gs.
Got Attitude (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headwya 7th, ridden and lost place after 10th, well behind 4 out, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Golden Chieftain (11-9) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
Milo Milan (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, jumped left and bumped 1st, not fluent 7th, well held 4th 2 out, weakening when jumped left and mistake last, 4th of 6, 16l behind Kauto Relko (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Apr.
Bubbly Bruce (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 9th, led 12th, headed approaching 2 out, no extra last, 4th of 6, 20l behind Incentivise (11-0) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Eighteen Carat (IRE) 125-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, mistake and lost place 3rd, pushed along after next, jumped slowly and reminder 5th, pulled up before 12th, in a race won by There's No Panic (11-8) at Fakenham 2m 5f nov chs (3) gs in Oct, 6 ran.