Lost Glory beat DE BOITRON a neck at Wetherby earlier this year. The latter arrives in much the best form of that pair having scored at the same track a week ago and can reverse running in the process of landing this. Bear's Affair opened his account over fences with victory at Kempton last month and should be in the mix, but Mart Lane would prefer more cut in the ground. Carrigmorna King is upped another 4lb for finishing second at Newbury and Night In Milan makes more appeal back over the larger obstacles after a couple of recent outings over timber.
De Boitron (FR) 8-1 (11-12) In rear, headway before 4 out, challenged 3 out, led 2 out, kept on well towards finish, won at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs beating Claragh Native (10-6) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Lost Glory (NZ) 14-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, not fluent 7th, mistake 10th, not fluent 12th, mistake 13th, well behind nextt, 15th of 16, dis behind Balthazar King (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs (2) gd in Oct.
Bear's Affair (IRE) 3-10fav (11-2) Held up tracking leading trio, went 3rd after 11th, went 2nd approaching 4 out, challenged next, led approaching 2 out, in command between last 2, comfortably, won at Kempton 3m beg chs (4) gd in Nov beating Dunlough Bay (11-2) by 4l, 4 ran.
Harry The Viking 40-1 (10-6) Mid-division, lost place 18th, soon behind, pulled up before 25th (valentines), in a race won by Auroras Encore (10-3) at Aintree 4m 3f (1) gs in Apr, 40 ran.
Mart Lane (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Led until 2nd, tracked leaders, lost place 7th, ridden 11th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 9, 27l behind Kapga De Cerisy (11-4) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Nov.
Carrigmorna King (IRE) 9-2fav (11-6) Held up in rear and not fluent early, headway approaching 13th, chased leaders before next, led 3 out until next, kept on same pace and no chance with winner from last, 2nd of 18, 8l behind Tatenen (11-5) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Night In Milan (IRE) 20-1 (10-3) Led until 4th, remained prominent, weakened 5 out, 14th of 17, 41l behind Gevrey Chambertin (11-7) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Nov.
Baile Anrai (IRE) 5-1 (10-3) Led to 4th, tracked leader, led again 7th, ridden and headed approaching 4 out, soon one pace, 3rd and held when not fluent 2 out, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Hey Big Spender (11-4) at Newcastle 3m listed hcp chs (1) gd in Nov.
Aimigayle 3-1 (11-12) Led, ridden and headed 3 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 5, 20l behind Tweedledrum (11-3) at Plumpton 3m 1f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.