Bendant must carry a 7lb penalty for his comfortable Ffos Las win on Friday if connections attempt a follow-up here in a race in which a few have something to prove, notably Dorset Naga and Robin Will. Qianshan Leader's second to Standing Ovation here in October now glows with a much healthier sheen than seemed the case at the time and he must go close on that form with the Lavelle team in such good nick. He's clearly talented but three pulled ups in his last six starts reveal an obvious concern for those following him in here. TRAFALGAR overcame a near two-year absence when scoring on his chasing debut at Worcester last month and could be anything over fences. He was a promising hurdler before his injury and, as only a six-year-old, should have plenty of opportunity to make up for lost time. Barlow has disappointed in recent starts but is down to a career-low mark as a consequence. He'd be a danger if recapturing his spark.
Qianshan Leader (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Led, strongly pressed 2 out, headed last, rallied gamely in closing stages, just held, 2nd of 9, nk behind Standing Ovation (10-0) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Oct.
Trafalgar (FR) 9-2 (10-12) Led until 2nd, led next, headed narrowly 3 out, led again last, driven out, won at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) sft in Oct beating Winds And Waves (10-11) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Dorset Naga 5-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 4 out, held in 6th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Grandads Horse (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct, 8 ran.
Barlow (IRE) 9-2 (10-2) Always last, reminders and struggling after 6th, kept on pressing for moderate 3rd, last of 4, 27l behind Uxizandre (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 4f (3) sft in Oct.
No Principles 50-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway before 8th, went 3rd before 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 7l behind On The Bridge (11-2) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jun.
Ultragold (FR) 12-1 (11-3) Towards rear, mistake 2nd, headway to chase leaders 7th, hampered bend after next, left in close 3rd 11th, pushed along and one pace in 5th before 3 out, went poor 4th close home, 4th of 16, 25l behind Deciding Moment (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Robin Will (FR) 5-1fav (11-6) Held up in rear, not fluent 9th or 12th, mistake 15th, well beaten before 3 out, tailed off, 11th of 15, well behind Hunters Lodge (11-3) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Triggerman 3-1fav (10-7) In rear on outside, deliberate 1st, mistake next, jumped slowly 3rd, headway 12th, ridden 14th, soon lost place, well held before 3 out, refused last, in a race won by Jamsie Hall (11-5) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct, 7 ran.
Addiction 4-1 (11-9) In rear, jumped left, not fluent and never going that well, behind from 14th, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Financial Climate (10-12) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in May, 7 ran.
Bendant 8-1 (11-12) Held up in rear on outside, headway when not fluent 9th, not fluent 12th, chased winner 4 out, 5 lengths down when fell next, in a race won by Night Alliance (11-1) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy, 7 ran.
Samingarry (FR) 5-1 (12-2) Held up towards rear, headway from 12th not fluent 14th, soon ridden, went 3rd before 4 out, mistake next, closed 2 out, no impression last, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Days Of Pleasure (10-5) at Plumpton 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft.