EASTLAKE was a very progressive chaser last season and continued where he'd left off in the spring by beating Anay Turge on his reappearance at Aintree. We're loathe to desert Jonjo O'Neill's seven-year-old so, despite another career-high mark, he gets the nod ahead of Fontwell scorer Tindaro and Parsnip Pete, who won over hurdles at Southwell last month. Theatrical Star was third over 2m1f at Chepstow last time but is generally better over further and Joe Tizzard prefers stablemate Sew On Target. Oh Crick is well handicapped nowadays but his recent strike-rate is off-putting while De Faoithesdream was well beaten the last time he was tried in this higher grade. Ballygarvey beat Renard, Gus Macrae and Oh Crick at Chepstow in February but hasn't raced since April.
Consigliere (FR) 33-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway to mid-division approaching 5th, outpaced before 4 out, plugged on flat, 7th of 15, 25l behind Drumshambo (11-4) at Ascot 2m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs.
Eastlake (IRE) 11-4fav (11-8) Mid-division, headway 5th, went 2nd 3 out, not fluent next, soon led, driven out, won at Aintree 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct beating Anay Turge (10-11) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Tindaro (FR) 4-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway before 5 out, challenged last, soon led, driven out, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct beating King Edmund (11-6) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Ballygarvey (FR) 5-1 (11-9) Led, ridden and headed 3 out, chased winner, ridden before lost 2nd next, weakened between last two, 5th of 9, 9l behind Fairy Rath (10-1) at Ascot 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Apr.
Theatrical Star 5-1 (10-2) Tracked leader, hit 4th, lost 2nd before 5 out, dropped to 4th next, went modest 3rd 4 out, plugged on flat, 3rd of 6, 14l behind Sire De Grugy (11-12) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs (2) sft in Oct.
Parsnip Pete 7-2 (10-12) Led until 4th, chased leader, led again 2 out, ridden and narrowly headed before last, half a length down and staying on when left clear last, won at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Deep Trouble (11-5) by 9l, 8 ran.
Shadows Lengthen 16-1 (11-8) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened before last, 9th of 15, 13l behind Hartside (10-3) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Ballyadam Brook (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Led, slight mistake 4th, headed 3 out, disputed again briefly entering straight, slightly hampered approaching 2 out, ridden in 3rd after 2 out, close 2nd last, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 6l behind Time To Work (10-11) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 0-150.
De Faoithesdream (IRE) 15-8 (11-5) Led, not fluent 11th and next, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and headed final 150 yards, not pace of winner, 2nd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Lava Lamp (10-2) at Ludlow 2m 4f (3) gd in Oct.
Oh Crick (FR) 5-1 (11-5) Held up off the pace in 4th, pushed along in 4th after 4 out, no impression next, mistake last, 5th of 6, 28l behind Gallox Bridge (11-6) at Kempton 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
Renard (FR) 33-1 (10-6) Prominent, led 4 out, headed when not fluent 2 out, weakened flat, 7th of 16, 13l behind Johns Spirit (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd in Oct.
Elenika (FR) 14-1 (10-11) Led, not fluent 1st, headed 6th, led next, headed when mistake 4 out, weakened from next, 9th of 14, 46l behind Fairy Rath (10-6) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd in May.
Sew On Target (IRE) 25-1 (10-1) Led, mistake 2nd, headed 4 out, ridden after 3 out, stayed on flat, 3rd of 16, 4 1/2l behind Johns Spirit (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd in Oct.
Anay Turge (FR) 9-2 (10-11) Held up, mistake 4th, ridden and some headway 3 out, stayed on approaching last, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Eastlake (11-8) at Aintree 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct.
Have You Seen Me (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) Led, jumped right, not fluent 4th, hung left after 3 out, headed next, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Pure Faith (11-3) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Havingotascoobydo (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Tracked leading pair, outpaced when lost 3rd 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 8, 17l behind Ikorodu Road (11-5) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct.
Gus Macrae (IRE) 12-1 (10-2) Mid-division, plugged on at same pace before 2 out, 5th of 15, 12l behind Drumshambo (11-4) at Ascot 2m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs.