Reve De Sivola is undoubtedly the class act in this but has the weight to match and, like out-and-out stayer Le Beau Bai, doesn't win as often as he should. The ground may be too loose for Ouzbeck and Templer, while Pilgrims Lane has gone off the boil and Bellflower Boy is high enough in the weights over fences now. Five Dream could be interesting, however, and Le Burf is capable of running well fresh and well treated on his best form. But BORN AGAIN could be the interesting one here as he's unexposed over the larger obstacles. The step up in trip will suit and he jumped like an old hand when successful over 2m4f at Haydock just under a year ago.
Reve De Sivola (FR) 9-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, ridden when hampered 4 out and left 5th, no impression from next, 4th of 8, 20l behind Quito De La Roque (11-10) at Punchestown 3m 1f nov chs G1 (1) gd in May.
Ouzbeck (FR) 14-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division on inner, headway to chase leaders 13th, ridden 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 17, 40l behind Knighton Combe (10-6) at Uttoxeter 3m 4f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jun.
Swincombe Rock 33-1 (11-6) Mid-division on outside, headway and in touch when reminders 8th, blundered next, lost place and behind 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Divers (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Listed Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (1) gd in Mar, 20 ran.
Le Beau Bai (FR) 10-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, losing place whn mistake 3rd, not travelling that well after, well behind 15th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Minella Four Star (9-9) at Uttoxeter 4m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gs in Mar, 17 ran.
Born Again (IRE) 10-3 (10-13) Tracked leader until after 6th, left 2nd after 4 out, challenged 2 out, every chance last, rallied flat, led towards finish, held on well, won at Haydock 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs in Nov beating Alderley Rover (11-2) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Templer (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway from 15th, chased winner approaching 4 out, close up next, no impression when losing 2nd close home, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Qhilimar (11-4) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Sep.
Pilgrims Lane (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, blundered 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 16, 37l behind Benny Be Good (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Sep.
Five Dream (FR) 13-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, weakened from 6 out, soon switched to inner before 5 out, never dangerous, 6th of 7, well behind Matuhi (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd in Apr.
Bellflower Boy (IRE) 11-4fav (10-0) Not fluent sulking in rear and well off the pace early stages, closer order 12th, mistake 17th, went 3rd 3 out, staying on when blundered 2 out, soon beaten, flashed tail under pressure flat, 3rd of 7, 21l behind Triggerman (10-10) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Apr.
Le Burf (FR) 7-2 (11-7) In touch in mid-division, ridden 9th, lost place 13th, 9 lenghts 5th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Bugsy's Boy (10-4) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan, 9 ran.
No Panic (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Led, headed 3out, soon driven and weakened, 3rd of 5, well behind Iona Days (10-7) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Aug.
Cold Harbour 12-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, jumped slowly 7th, reminder next, mistake 9th, 13th and 14th, behind 15th, stayed on from 2 out, never nearer, 6th of 11, 12l behind Templer (11-7) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs (2) gf in Aug.
Ethiopia 10-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders early, mid-division, ridden and closed after 13th, went 2nd next until before 4 out, soon beaten, stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 9, 14l behind Qhilimar (11-4) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Sep.