This handicap chase will be a true test of stamina and after scoring on his seasonal bow last time we'll take PEUT ETRE SIVOLA to build on that and score just ahead of BallyGalley Bob with Rebel Melody also makes some appeal. Proven on this ground and over this far the selection returned from 196 days off to gamely score at Chepstow last time. He's up just five pounds for that run and given he should be fitter this time he can improve to overcome that extra poundage. BallyGalley Bob stays this far, and further, and has got up in similar conditions in the past. He should go well after an easy success last time but this is unknown territory as far as his mark is concerned. Rebel Melody fell on his reappearance run under this career high mark but he does like this track and if back to his best he'll be a danger. Sound Accord will be more prepared now after a his solid seasonal debut and has a chance of going well under this burden but in a race where plenty might struggle to get home Peut Etre Sivola looks to have the best chance.
Sound Accord (IRE) 22-1 (11-3) Mid-division, reminders 4th, lost place 7th, kept on from 3 out, never on terms, 8th of 16, 21l behind Elzahann (10-5) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Whatever Next (IRE) 13-2 (11-8) Chased leader, not fluent 8th, blundered 10th, not fluent 12, lost 2nd after 4 out, weakened after next, mistake 2 out, 4th of 5, 23l behind Toby Jug (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m noc chs (3) gf in Oct.
Teeming Rain (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Always behind pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Silver By Nature (11-0) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft, 14 ran.
Rebel Melody (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Led until fell 9th, in a race won by Peut Etre Sivola (10-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct, 12 ran.
L'Aventure (FR) 12-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, weakened approaching 15th, 7th of 17, 44l behind Fire And Rain (11-3) at Uttoxeter 3m 4f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jun.
Victory Gunner (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Mid-division, slightly hampered 9th, weakened from next, tailed off when pulled up approaching 4 out, in a race won by Peut Etre Sivola (10-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct, 12 ran.
Jim Bobs Girl (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, slightly hampered 9th, weakened 5 out, tailed off when pulled up before next, in a race won by Peut Etre Sivola (10-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct, 12 ran.
BallyGalley Bob (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Tracked leader, made most from 6, clear approaching last, won at Towcester 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct beating Harris Bay (11-10) by 6l, 9 ran.
Enroblim Trop (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) In rear, not fluent 8th, mistake 10th, behind, pulled up after 15th, in a race won by Hazeljack (10-2) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar, 7 ran.
The Gangerman (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, ridden 9th, soon lost place, mistake 15th, well behind next, 11th of 16, 46l behind Gallik Dawn (10-0) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Peut Etre Sivola (FR) 17-2 (10-9) Chased leaders, left in lead 9th, headed 13th, led 5 out to 4 out, stayed challenging, rallied gamely flat to regain lead last strides, won at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct beating Night Safe (11-4) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Honour's Dream (FR) 25-1 (11-12) Prominent, ridden approaching 6th, weakened before next, 10th of 14, 39l behind Bathwick Man (11-7) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Jun.