Lie Forrit had Trustan Times behind when a close-up third over the brush hurdles at Haydock last time. He's gone up 5lb for that effort but is an honest sort who should be in the firing-line again. Pineau De Re has a chance on his best form while Alpha Victor will strip fitter for his run at Kelso but Neptune Equester has been looking one-paced in claimers, though is 6lb lower than his last winning mark. KAKI DE LA PREE lacks the experience of most of these but his form in novice company stands up to close scrutiny and the handicapper has given a great chance of adding to his Chepstow victory here. Howizee looks the pick of the remainder.
Trustan Times (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, blundered 4th, headway 2 out, never on terms, 8th of 17, 15l behind Gevrey Chambertin (11-7) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Nov.
Lie Forrit (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, effort 2 out, stayed on same pace after last, 3rd of 17, 2l behind Gevrey Chambertin (11-7) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Nov.
Pineau De Re (FR) 14-1 (10-6) In rear, headway when fell 8th, in a race won by Chance Du Roy (10-6) at Aintree 3m 2f hcp chs G3 (1) sft, 22 ran.
Alpha Victor (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Led, pushed along before 5 out, ridden before 3 out, headed 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 6, 17l behind Talkin Sence (10-1) at Kelso 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
Kaki De La Pree (FR) Evensfav (11-0) In touch, headway to chase leaders 5th, every chance when hit 4 out, went 2nd and upsides next, hit 2 out, ridden to lead before last, kept on well flat, won at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct beating Closing Ceremony (10-13) by 2l, 8 ran.
Howizee 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden and headway approaching 2 out, chased leaders before last, never able to challenge, 4th of 9, 7l behind Alderley Rover (10-13) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Rock Relief (IRE) 200-1 (11-7) Chased leader to 5th, lost place 4 out, no chance before next, last of 8, 27l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-7) at Newcastle 2m hdl G1 (1) gd in Nov.
Neptune Equester 85-40 (10-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along before 7th, ridden after 4 out, went 3rd 3 out, chased winner last 100 yards, always held, 2nd of 7, 13l behind Makhzoon (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f 4yo clm hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Our Joey (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 7l behind Cyrien Star (10-2) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.