Brendan Powell trained last year's winner and MORESTEAD gets another chance to take advantage of his lower mark over hurdles. Fourth over C&D last time when Balustrade was tailed off, he won't get many better opportunities than this. Winning chaser Pharaon De Touzaine reverts to hurdling on his first start since August 2011 but still looks the main danger as both Duneen Point and Jamesson arrive badly out of sorts though the former has dropped another 6lb in the weights.
Jamesson (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Held up well in rear, mistake 1st, headway after 4 out, never on terms, moderate 4th, 4th of 5, 39l behind Bay Central (10-5) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Mar.
Pharaon de Touzaine (FR) 4-7fav (11-12) Made all, drew clear after 4out, easily, won at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Aug '11 beating Allonby Bay (11-3) by 21l, 3 ran.
Morestead (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, chased leader until ridden before 6th, went 2nd again 3 out, ridden and no chance with winner before next, weakened and lost 2 places final 100 yards, 4th of 10, 9l behind Aureate (10-2) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Duneen Point (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, never on terms, tailed off, 6th of 14, well behind Purcell's Bridge (10-9) at Wetherby 2m 6f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Nov.
Balustrade (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Held up, reminders and struggling in rear after 6th, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Aureate (10-2) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.