Despite his defeat when odds-on here earlier this month, SHEMSHAL has to be the choice as his overall form over timber is superior to that of these rivals. The main threat may arrive in the shape of Gaius Marius, who has shown plenty of promise in bumpers though he doesn't particularly have a pedigree for jumping. Fellisha was 10l behind the selection last time and as that was her hurdling debut she's expected to get closer without reversing the form, a remark that also applies to Knight Of Bangkok, who was just in front of her in fourth and isn't one to trust. Redoute Star is one to keep an eye on as he won several races on the Flat in Hong Kong and has joined new connections after showing ability in the UK last year.
Beat The Bell 14-1 (9-5) Slowly away, ridden to get in touch and 9th halfway, 7th entering straight but no extra from well over 1f out, 9th of 14, 17l behind Lady Lyrath (9-0) at Listowel 6f hcp 47-65 hvy in Sep (flat).
Nanaimo (CAN) Philanthropist gelding out of Hippicritical.
Paddyfrommenlo (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, driven to challenge after 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 8, 22l behind Degooch (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Redoute Star (AUS) 14-1 (10-12) Held up on outside, headway after 3 out, challenging when not fluent 2 out, soon led, headed before last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Tom Wade (10-7) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Condagene (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, pushed along and no extra after 5 out, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Allied Victory (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl in Mar, 15 ran.
Gaius Marius (IRE) 7-4fav (12-0) Prominent, led after 5f, pressed from over 2f out, headed and no impression from 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Rathvinden (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 2f ldy N H flat gf in Jun.
Going Back (IRE) 8-1 (12-2) Mid div, 8th 1/2way, slt prog to 7th 5out, rdn in mod 5th 3out, left 3rd 2out, lost 3rd early run-in, ko, 4th of 17, 6l behind Topper Thornton (12-2) at Fairyhouse 3m ire ptp gs.
Goodluck Noel (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Mid-division, not fluent 1st and 3rd, never a factor,, 18th of 24, 43l behind Fourni (11-5) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl gd.
King Alfonso 33-1 (11-7) In rear to 4f out, ridden along in moderate 11th 2f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 7th of 15, 23l behind Officer Cadet (12-0) at Down Royal 2m NH flat gf.
Knight Of Bangkok 40-1 (11-4) In rear, headway into 8th 3 out, ridden in 6th when left 5th next, kept on same pace from last, 4th of 20, 9l behind Odit (11-12) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gf.
Shemshal (FR) 9-10fav (11-4) Mid-division, headway into 4th when not fluent 3 out, soon ridden in 2nd, mistake 2 out, not fluent at last, kept on in 2nd run-in, 2nd of 20, 1 1/4l behind Odit (11-12) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gf.
Spring Awakening 25-1 (11-7) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden 4f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 20l behind Bentelimar (11-9) at Tramore 2m NH flat in Apr.
Velocity Of Light 40-1 (10-11) Mid-division, mistake 6th, weakened from 4 out, never a factor, 16th of 20, well behind Odit (11-12) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gf.
Fellisha (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Mid-division, 9th when mistake 4 out, ridden in 5th 3 out, kept on one paced from next, 5th of 20, 10l behind Odit (11-12) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gf.
Jumping Juju (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden along over 4f out, soon no extra and weakened, completely tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Solita (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f NH flat gd.
Khairmed (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Led and disputed, challenged 3 out, soon headed and ridden, no extra entering straight, 12th of 18, 36l behind Kylestyle (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Perryrun (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, ridden and no extra 3 out, weakened and soon tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Kindly Vinnie (10-13) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl.
Rathmuck Native (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Reluctant to line up, refused to race and unseated rider start, in a race won by Kindly Vinnie (10-13) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl, 13 ran.
Regula (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Soon mid-division, 12th early, no extra from 2 out,, 19th of 24, 43l behind Fourni (11-5) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl gd.
Shes Tensixtysix (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Led, headed from 3f out, no extra from before straight, 9th of 20, 15l behind Fourni (10-12) at Galway 2m mrs N H flat gf in Sep.
Knockans Bridge (IRE) 28-1 (10-9) Mid-division, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Wicked Spice (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Wot A Shot (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Led early, prominent, ridden approaching 3 out, soon no extra, 11th of 17, 40l behind Cordelia Belle (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf.
The Mosscheeper (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Chased leader in 2nd, led 6th, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened before next, 12th of 16, 41l behind Wreckitman (10-13) at Sligo 3m mdn hdl gd in Aug '10.