QUETZAL narrowly held off Amroth Bay in a similar race at Doncaster in January and is surprisingly better off at the weights. He'd also won twice earlier in the season and should have come on enough for his recent reappearance to get back on the winning trail. Nodform Richard, a winning bumper and hurdler, didn't show much on his chasing debut at Newcastle last month but will have needed the experience and it will be a surprise if he doesn't do much better. Kent Street jumped much better at Carlisle last time while Lockstown has won four times over fences and his experience should stand him in good stead in tough conditions.
Kent Street (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, left 2nd from 4th until outpaced before 2 out, kept on and no impression, 4th of 6, 13l behind Kruzhlinin (11-2) at Carlisle 2m Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) hvy in Nov.
Lockstown 7-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, ridden after 13th, soon outpaced, weakened before 2 out, left moderate 4th last, 4th of 7, 37l behind Knockara Beau (11-8) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Nodform Richard 8-1 (11-1) Led to 9th, chased leaders, weakened before 4 out, 8th of 11, 39l behind Aland Islands (11-1) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs in Nov.
Dystonia's Revenge (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, detatched halfway, behind from 5 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Wyck Hill (11-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Nov, 9 ran.
Quetzal (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) In touch, chased leaders 4th, went 2nd 7th, led 12th, headed before 4 out, soon beaten, 8th of 10, well behind Roi De Garde (10-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Amroth Bay 7-2fav (10-5) Behind, headway, to chase leaders 10th, weakened after 2 out, 4th of 11, 13l behind Inside Dealer (11-12) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Jun.
Ballymacduff (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Tracked leader, a close 2nd when fell 13th, in a race won by Or de Grugy (11-5) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Nov, 10 ran.