The unbeaten record of RENDL BEACH came to end at Cheltenham in October when he could only manage third. However, runner-up Our Vinnie has since won a Grade 3 event in Ireland so the form is decent and Rebecca Curtis' charge looks a cut above these. Benefit Of Youth fell in the above race at Cheltenham and He's The Daddy ran out at this track when Toby Lerone finished a well-beaten fourth. Bumper winner Mount Hope made a distinctly modest start over hurdles at Bangor last time so High Ho Sheriff looks the biggest threat to the selection on his debut second at Ffos Las last month.
Rendl Beach (IRE) 11-4 (11-3) Tracked leader, not fluent 6th, led 9th, mistake 2 out, soon headed, weakened flat, 3rd of 8, 11l behind According To Trev (11-3) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Oct.
Benefit Of Youth (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led 2nd, headed before 6th, mistake 2 out, ridden and no extra last, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Joseph Mercer (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
He's The Daddy 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders approaching 4 out, ridden in 4th when flashed tail approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 15, 13l behind Ardkilly Witness (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
High Ho Sheriff (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Tracked winner, took keen hold, ridden after 9th, no impression approaching last, 2nd of 8, 11l behind Boyfromnowhere (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Mount Hope (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Led until 2nd, led 3rd, headed next, led 5th, headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 20l behind Hollow Penny (11-0) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Toby Lerone (IRE) 11-4fav (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden 3 out, no extra next, well held when dropped to 4th before last, 4th of 10, 17l behind Desert Joe (11-0) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.