The five-year-old Wayward Glance produced a career-best effort over fences to win at Carlisle last week. But a penalty is going to make life even tougher here and he will be giving 22lb to ALLERTON. Fergal O'Brien's recent course winner tries 3m for the time but has won over 2m6f on soft ground and will be tough to beat if his stamina holds out. Goodtoknow went close twice at Wetherby last month and both Gwladys Street and Samurai way were placed last time so can't be ignored. Veteran Mortimers Cross may need this however.
Wayward Glance 8-1 (11-12) Led after first, headed 5th, led again 3 out, stayed on strongly flat, eased near finish, won at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy beating Emma Soda (10-8) by 8l, 5 ran.
Mortimers Cross 12-1 (10-12) Led until 3rd, chased winner until next, dropped to 4th at 7th, weakened 9th, left in distant 4th 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 6, well behind Fruity O'Rooney (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Apr.
Goodtoknow 7-2fav (11-7) Led, headed 5 out, soon outpaced, ridden and stayed on from 2 out, 2nd of 8, hd behind Glen Countess (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Gwladys Street (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders mistake 6th, soon lost place, rallied before 2 out, jumped right last, stayed on closing stages, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Castle Conflict (11-1) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Samurai Way 6-1 (11-8) Took keen hold tracking leaders, blundered 6th, pushed along before 3 out, stayed on to modest 3rd approaching last, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Via Sundown (11-7) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Nov.
Allerton (IRE) 9-2 (10-1) Tracked leader, went 2nd before and not fluent last, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov beating Ballylifen (11-11) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Double Chocolate 12-1 (9-12) Close up, weakened before 6 out, pulled up, in a race won by Major Malarkey (11-5) at Exeter 4m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd, 12 ran.