Gordon Elliott has booked crack amateur Jamie Codd to ride Jamsie Hall and the nine-year-old has to go on the short-list in this after following up his fourth in the Kerry National with another good run behind Nadiya De La Vega over an inadequate trip here last month. There's No Panic and Hunters Lodge are both seeking hat-tricks. The latter may have a better chance of completing a three-timer at the weights while Sizing Santiago has a chance if fully recovered from a heavy fall at Aintree. Aimigayle will ensure there is no hanging about but, like Swing Bill, she lacks a recent run as does Strongbows Legend. PENTIFFIC has had a stop-start career over fences so far but he undoubtedly has ability and ran a bit better than the final result suggests at Fakenham on his reappearance. He may represent a bit of value here under a very accomplished amateur.
There's No Panic (IRE) 6-4 (11-8) Tracked leader, led 9th, ridden and pressed when left clear last, won at Fakenham 2m 5f nov chs (3) gs in Oct beating Cross Of Honour (11-3) by 6l, 6 ran.
Swing Bill (FR) 6-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, tracked leaders before 5th, blundered 7th, soon lost place, pulled up after 5 out, in a race won by Shoreacres (11-1) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jun, 10 ran.
Triggerman 10-1 (10-8) Mid-division, slow 4th, headway to chase leaders 12th, went 3rd approaching 3 out, stayed on to 2nd before last, edged left under pressure and one pace flat, 4th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Poker De Sivola (10-12) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gf in Apr '11.
Jamsie Hall (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Mid-division, mistake 3 out, stayed on from 2 out, went left last, took 4th flat, not able to trouble leaders, 4th of 20, 9l behind Nadiya De La Vega (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Oct.
Strongbows Legend 28-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, mistake 19th, blundered and lost place next, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Teaforthree (11-6) at Cheltenham 4m am nov chs (2) gd in Mar, 19 ran.
Categorical 6-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway before 8th, lost place 6 out, 6th of 8, 28l behind Lord Villez (10-11) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Feb.
Aimigayle 7-2 (11-11) Led, driven and headed approaching 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure, held on for 2nd flat, no impression with winner, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Wild Rhubarb (11-2) at Uttoxeter 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Pentiffic (NZ) 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division, well beaten 4 out, 7th of 14, 34l behind Romanesco (10-5) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Bescot Springs (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) Towards rear, headway 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, soon ridden, chased winner before last, no impression, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Across The Bay (11-9) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Oct.
Hunters Lodge (IRE) 7-2fav (10-9) Tracked leaders, mistake 11th, challenged 14th, led next, headed before 4 out, led after 3 out, headed 2 out, still pressing leader when left in lead last, jinked right flat, driven out, won at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Oct beating Jewel Of The West (11-4) by 3l, 17 ran.
Alderluck (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Prominent, led after 6th, headed next, led approaching 14th, headed 17th, led again before 4 out, headed 3 out, weakened from 2 out, 5th of 12, 11l behind Clash Duff (11-9) at Exeter 3m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Jewel Of The West (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, not fluent 7th, headway approaching 3 out, left 2nd last, stayed on, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 17, 3l behind Hunters Lodge (10-9) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Oct.
Sizing Santiago (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Jumped right 2nd and next, in touch, tracked leader when fell 11th, in a race won by Pasco (11-9) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct, 6 ran.
Etxalar (FR) 100-1 (10-0) Always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 19th, in a race won by Merigo (10-2) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 24 ran.
Battlecry 7-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, jumped left at times, headway when carried wide and lost place after 2nd, behind 15th, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Armenian Boy (11-7) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.