Both Drop Out Joe and Silver Eagle face a tough task competing under a double penalty. But the latter did go close again at Towcester last time and could figure. CLONDAW HERO can take advantage of the weight concession as he scored by 10 lengths at Musselburgh last month and there should be plenty more to come from him. Warden Hill was well beaten in a handicap on his latest start but had won at Kempton earlier where Howlongisafoot finished tailed off. The latter can only improve on that while Wakanda is another looking to leave behind a poor effort at Aintree last time.
Drop Out Joe 22-1 (11-4) Led narrowly, headed 4 out, ridden and lost place after 2 out, weakened last, 6th of 8, 21l behind Creepy (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Nov.
Silver Eagle (IRE) 10-11fav (11-8) Led, hit 3 out, driven from next, headed approaching last, held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Knockanrawley (10-5) at Towcester 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Nov.
Clondaw Hero (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Made all, driven approaching 2 out, forged clear last, ran on strongly, won at Musselburgh 3m mdn hdl (4) gd in Nov beating Desgrey (11-0) by 10l, 6 ran.
Wakanda (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Led briefly 1st, tracked winner until home turn, soon beaten, last of 7, well behind Royal Regatta (10-12) at Aintree 2m 4f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Oct.
Warden Hill (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Held up behind, headway into mid-division when hampered 2 out, kept on same pace, never near leaders, 8th of 20, 15l behind Thomas Crapper (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Nov.
Howlongisafoot (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Warden Hill (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Milan Of Hope (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden after 3 out, mistake and weakened next, 5th of 9, 28l behind Sego Success (10-12) at Southwell 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd.