Wogan was sent off favourite for this last year but finished well beaten. He's 15lb lower now though has changed stables since and looks increasingly like a light of former days. Faasel is only a pound higher than when second in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown last year and will be all the better for a recent run at Warwick while Nikola is a regular in these veterans' races and won one at Aintree in October. Atouchbetweencara makes a swift reappearance after finishing fourth at Wincanton on Saturday and makes more appeal than Forzy Origny and Mumbles Head but MARK THE BOOK should take all the beating if reproducing the form of his win at Chepstow as he's still nicely treated on his old form.
Auroras Encore (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Mid-division, lost place 6th, soon behind, 13th of 14, well behind Hildisvini (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Jan.
Forzy Origny (FR) 16-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, mistake 7th, mistake and hampered next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Chance Du Roy (11-4) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Nov, 14 ran.
Faasel (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Jumped slowly at times, always behind, last of 13, 33l behind Hey Big Spender (11-12) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Jan.
Mumbles Head (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) Towards rear, not fluent 6th, blundered and unseated rider 8th, in a race won by Le Beau Bai (10-1) at Chepstow 3m 5f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec, 20 ran.
Nikola (FR) 28-1 (10-3) Mid-division, weakened 4 out, 11th of 15, 39l behind Calgary Bay (11-11) at Doncaster 3m Listed Handicap Chase (0-155) (5yo+) (1) gs in Jan.
Mark The Book (IRE) 11-2 (11-11) Made all, not fluent 8th, pecked 5 out, stayed on well to draw clear from 3 out, idled flat, won at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan beating Rockabilly (11-9) by 5l, 7 ran.
Silver Adonis (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway when jumped slowly 6th, soon lost place, slow again next, weakened 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Galley Slave (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jun, 9 ran.
Wogan 20-1 (11-11) Never going in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Glens Boy (10-11) at Newbury 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Jan, 16 ran.
Atouchbetweenacara (IRE) 17-2 (9-8) Soon prominent, led 10th, headed 4 out, mistake next, no impression from 2 out, 4th of 13, 10l behind Painter Man (9-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft.