Robbie boasts a win and a place from two starts over hurdles here. But he's probably better over fences nowadays and may be a few pounds too high. Pas Trop Tard continues to fight a losing battle with the handicapper while Hidden Justice didn't show much on his reappearance but McIlhatton ran well for a long way at Kempton following a break and can't be ignored. CENTASIA failed to give 6lb to Blue Button at Exeter last month but the winner was only beaten a neck in a Listed race at Taunton subsequently so the form looks better now than at did at the time. She may well be good enough here given she's only had two runs over timber. Fellow novice Elmore Back may be best of the rest.
Pas Trop Tard (FR) 9-2 (11-4) Led, driven and headed approaching 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair between last 2, 3rd of 7, 19l behind Calculated Risk (11-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f (3) sft in Dec.
Hidden Justice (IRE) 11-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, 13th of 14, well behind Strongpoint (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) sft.
Robbie 9-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, blundered 4th, mistake 8th, weakened soon after, 6th of 8, 21l behind Next Sensation (10-12) at Doncaster 2m (3) gs in Dec.
Taigan (FR) 9-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, not fluent 8th, headway before 10th, not fluent 2 out, led last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Church Field (10-4) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gf in Jul.
Mcllhatton (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened after next, 6th of 12, 23l behind Junction Fourteen (11-3) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Centasia 6-5fav (11-2) Hampered 1st, chased leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, no impression on winner before last, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Blue Buttons (10-10) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Elmore Back (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3 out, challenged and every chance 2 out, ridden and no impression run in, 2nd of 21, 4 1/2l behind Oscar Hoof (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Master Of The Game (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Held up, headway to chase leaders after 3rd, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, last of 17, well behind Vendor (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) sft in Nov.
Somemothersdohavem 14-1 (11-6) Held up in 8th, slightly hampered 4 out, 9th and beaten when pulled up approaching 2 out, in a race won by Three Kingdoms (11-8) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec, 10 ran.
Jetnova (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, not fluent 2nd or 7th, mistake 3 out, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, kept on same pace approaching last, 4th of 12, 17l behind Carrigmorna King (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Kayaan 12-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, mistake 7th, headway approaching 3 out, no impression, stayed on same pace from next, 4th of 11, 16l behind Foxcub (11-11) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Mojolika 15-2 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, switched left beforer last, soon chased winner, kept on and held near finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Forced Family Fun (10-7) at Doncaster 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.