Rouge Et Blanc makes a swift reappearance under a penalty after winning at Huntingdon on Thursday. Bally Legend wasn't winning out of turn at Kempton last month but could struggle to confirm that form with the equally consistent Niceonefrankie on worse terms and Tail Of The Bank jumped poorly when gambled on at Sandown eight days ago. Frontier Spirit and Pateese aren't without a chance while Simply Wings has been in good form but is now on a career-high mark. GOLDEN CHIEFTAIN isn't easy to predict but this is probably his best trip and he would have a good chance of recapturing the winning thread here if reproducing his third to Unioniste in a Grade 3 at Cheltenham in December.
Frontier Spirit (IRE) 20-1 (10-1) In touch on outside, ridden after 4 out, weakened from next, 12th of 16, 50l behind Katenko (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Jan.
Bally Legend 9-4fav (11-6) Held up in last trio, headway 7th, chased leaders 4 out, stayed on to challenge 3 out led soon after, left in 3 lengths lead 2 out, driven out from last, won at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jan beating Niceonefrankie (11-10) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Mr Gardner (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, led 12th, headed after 4 out, weakened before next, 4th of 10, 24l behind Big Fella Thanks (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Jan.
Golden Chieftain (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, pushed along when blundered badly and lost place 13th, bad blunder again next, tailed off, 6th of 9, 49l behind Brackloon High (10-9) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Jan.
Pateese (FR) 7-2 (10-13) Tracked leader, led 7th to 10th, weakened quickly approaching 3 out, 3rd of 7, well behind Rolling Aces (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs (3) hvy in Dec.
Simply Wings (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Held up tracking leaders, went 2nd 4 out, travelling best when led 2 out, soon clear, went right last, won at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan beating Lord Singer (11-6) by 6l, 6 ran.
Niceonefrankie 9-2 (11-10) Held up in touch on inside, not fluent 7th, headway approaching 10th, went 2nd approaching 3 out until 3 out, soon driven, no impression when left in 3 lengths 2nd again 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Bally Legend (11-6) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jan.
Sir Kezbaah (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Led to 4th, in touch, lost place 10th, behind when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Rolling Aces (11-12) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec, 15 ran.
Midnight Haze 9-1 (11-7) Led, headed 12th, chased leaders until weakened after 4 out,, 5th of 8, 44l behind Bally Legend (11-6) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jan.
Tail of The Bank (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Behind, slow 3rd, soon detatched, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Dashing George (10-6) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy.
Rouge Et Blanc (FR) 7-2 (11-4) Held up in touch in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway 9th, led 2 out, clear flat, eased towards finish, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs beating Special Robon (10-12) by 15l, 8 ran.
Mister Wiseman 16-1 (10-9) Led until 3 out, weakened next, 2nd of 5, 18l behind Frontier Spirit (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Bendant 10-3 (10-10) Tracked leader, blundered 7th, under pressure 4 out, weakened after next, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Frontier Spirit (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec, 5 ran.