Character Actor has a first preference at Wincanton but is likely to find FRONTIER SPIRIT too good if taking part. The latter looks to have dropped down to a winning mark judged on his latest second at Fakenham and gets the vote to go one better here. Take Over Sivola is another to consider on the back of a victory at Lingfield though he's stepping up a grade today while Rouge Et Blanc is making steady progress and is another who could figure. Bendant has a 7lb penalty for his recent win over these fences but will need to improve again as he only scored by a neck last week.
Frontier Spirit (IRE) 5-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, chased leader 12th, mistake next, left clear 2 out, ridden approaching last, driven and headed near finish, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Cross Of Honour (11-11) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft.
Character Actor (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, some headway in 7th 3 out, 5th approaching last and kept on run-in to go 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Clashnabrook (9-10) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Nov.
Mister Wiseman 66-1 (11-3) Chased leader, not fluent 4th, ridden and lost 2nd before 6th, weakened next, tailed off, 10th of 16, well behind Duaiseoir (11-7) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Bendant 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led approaching 7th, headed next, led again 12th, strongly challenged from 3 out, kept on gamely under pressure, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f beg chs (4) hvy beating Material Boy (11-0) by nk, 8 ran.
Take Over Sivola (FR) 2-1fav (11-1) Chased leaders, lost place 5th, headway after next, every chance 4 out, led 3 out, hard ridden, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy beating Delgany Gunner (10-7) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Olympian Boy (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Held up behind, steady headway after 11th, driven and kept on same pace from 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 24l behind Triptico (11-2) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy.
Rouge Et Blanc (FR) 11-2 (10-3) In touch, challenging after 3 out, every chance next, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Eastlake (11-10) at Ascot 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.