Giant O Murchu beat the in-form Bennys Quest at Stratford last month while Fearless Leader came right back to form at Plumpton, beating Alderbrook Lad who had also been in decent form. Milgen Bay is starting to look well handicapped and Dorset Naga still has plenty of scope over fences, though has been off the track for more than a year. SYNTHE DAVIS enjoys a 10lb turnaround in the weights than when third to Giant O Murchu last time. That should be enough to reverse the form and AP McCoy's presence in the saddle increases confidence.
Giant O Murchu (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 2 out, led before last, soon clear, easily, won at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Sep beating Bennys Quest (11-9) by 7l, 5 ran.
Dorset Naga 7-4fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, closed after 2 out, led last, stayed on well, won at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Aug '12 beating Escardo (10-2) by 9l, 9 ran.
Synthe Davis (FR) 2-1fav (11-11) Pressed leader, led 3rd, headed 5th, led next, ridden after 2 out, headed before last, one pace, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Giant O Murchu (11-3) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Sep.
Fearless Leader 9-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, lost place 77th, rallied before 10th, went 2nd 4 out, went right next, led before and in command when went right 2 out, driven between last 2, stayed on well (no time taken), won at Plumpton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Sep beating Alderbrook Lad (11-9) by 10l, 7 ran.
Milgen Bay 2-1 (11-8) Led, not fluent 7th or 3 out, ridden and pressed 2 out, headed before last, no extra flat, 3rd of 4, 7l behind Wester Ross (11-9) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
Amaury De Lusignan (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Tracked leader until 13th, went 2nd again 4 out until not fluent 3 out, weakened before 2 out, last of 4, 40l behind Font (11-1) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
Lucy's Legend (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway before 7th, went 2nd 4 out until before next, no extra next, 5th of 11, 30l behind Henry San (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Aug.
Try Catch Me (IRE) 11-2 (10-10) Led until 3rd, led 5th, headed next, ridden before 2 out, weakened approaching last, last of 5, 19l behind Giant O Murchu (11-3) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Sep.