Patavium beat the erratic Funky Munky in this 12 months ago and re-opposes on better terms, However, he's been off the track since April while the runner-up is an infrequent winner. The Fox's Decree alternates between hurdles and fences but has run 29 times over the smaller obstacles and is still awaiting a first win while Ballymoat and King Mak still look too high in the weights. The booking of Jason Maguire for DANCEINTOTHELIGHT catches the eye as Micky Hammond's charge is throw in here on his best form and should be cherry-ripe now after a couple of recent runs - he gets the nod.
Ballymoat 12-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, effort 3 out, weakened next, 8th of 12, 41l behind Sun Cloud (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
King Mak 14-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, 9th of 12, 44l behind Sun Cloud (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Patavium (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Mid-division, tracked leaders 4 out, led 3 out, headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 17, 22l behind Monkey Milan (11-9) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Danceintothelight 10-1 (11-3) Mid-division, lost place before 7th, no danger after, 6th of 12, 40l behind Rowan Road (10-1) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec.
Funky Munky 11-4 (10-6) Tracked leader, not fluent 3rd, lost 2nd and ridden 6th, weakened 3 out, 4th of 5, 22l behind Seader (11-12) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.
The Fox's Decree 8-1 (10-8) In touch, led narrowly after 4 out, headed last, kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Drussell (11-2) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Andy Vic (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, led 4th, headed next, soon weakened, 11th of 17, 22l behind Flora's Pride (11-4) at Catterick 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Erin Dancer (IRE) 18-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway approaching when mistake 3 out, soon no impression, 9th of 17, 18l behind Flora's Pride (11-4) at Catterick 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Northern Cross (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden before 2 out, no impression, 6th of 15, 28l behind Wyse Hill Teabags (11-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar '11.
Stags Leap (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Held up mid-division, weakened from 3 out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind One For Harry (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Harrys Whim 12-1 (10-4) Led until after 1st, in touch, outpaced 3 out, weakened 2 out, 4th of 12, 19l behind Likearollingstone (11-4) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
Galley Slave (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders under pressure 3 out, kept on same pace after next, 3rd of 17, 3 1/2l behind Flora's Pride (11-4) at Catterick 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.