The Chazer won over this trip at Doncaster in February but is still 5lb higher. Stablemate Big News makes his seasonal reappearance and Smoking Aces has an even longer absence to overcome and probably needs further than this. RENARD's run behind Johns Spirit at Cheltenham in October was a decent effort and he may not have been suited by the drop back to 2m next time. Venetia Williams' charge has a good record around here and can get back to winning ways. Thunderstorm, fifth on his chasing debut at Ascot, may need more time so Timesawastin and Special Account could be the pick of the remainder.
Thunderstorm (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Jumped left, held up in rear, pushed along and no progress from 11th, went poor 5th before 2 out, 5th of 8, 28l behind Ivor's King (10-11) at Ascot 2m 3f (3) gs in Nov.
Renard (FR) 11-2fav (10-12) Soon towards rear, headway into mid-division 9th, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, 8th of 17, 16l behind Anay Turge (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Nov.
The Chazer (IRE) 100-1 (11-10) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, well held from 3 out, 12th of 19, 29l behind Home Run (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Big News 9-2 (11-7) Mid-division, headway approaching 4th, not fluent 10th, weakened before 2 out where mistake, 6th of 9, well behind Call It On (10-6) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Apr.
Smoking Aces (IRE) 5-1fav (10-6) Held up in rear, ridden into 6th entering straight, no impression leaders in 3rd approaching last, kept on into 2nd run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Droim Toll (9-10) at Punchestown 3m 6f hcp chs 0-145 in May '12.
Timesawastin (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Led from 2nd to 4th, tracked leader, weakened after 2 out, left 4th from last, 4th of 8, 20l behind King Of The Wolds (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Oct.
Special Account (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Held up in rear, not fluent 9th, pushed along after 5 out, well beaten before next, went modest 4th after 3 out, never on terms, 4th of 8, 16l behind Renard D'Irlande (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Whispering Jack 22-1 (10-12) Towards rear, weakened before 15th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by No Loose Change (11-7) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Jul, 12 ran.
Beside The Fire 25-1 (11-8) Made most until fell 8th, in a race won by Plein Pouvoir (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov, 8 ran.