Donald McCain won this in 2007 with Cloudy Lane and WYMOTT sports the same colours today. Progressive over fences last season when winning three times, he returned to action with a decent sixth behind Carruthers in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury last month. With improvement likely, he gets the vote here. Court Red Handed arrives in fine form having won two of his last three starts in chases and he should be thereabouts along with top weight Cape Tribulation, who will have benefited from his recent comeback run at this track. Cannington Brook has been running well without winning and Whats Up Woody is open to improvement on his seasonal debut.
Cape Tribulation 25-1 (11-11) Mid-division on inside, headway before 3 out, ridden to chase leaders next, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 20, 14l behind Dynaste (10-13) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Nov.
Wymott (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders on outside, ridden after 17th, outpaced by leaders from 3 out, stayed on final 150 yards, no impression, 6th of 18, 7l behind Carruthers (10-4) at Newbury 3m 2f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Nov.
Pearlysteps 11-1 (11-6) Mid-division, driven and outpaced when hit 3 out, never on terms, 7th of 16, 43l behind Chicago Grey (11-6) at Cheltenham 4m am nov chs (2) gd in Mar.
Miko de Beauchene (FR) 50-1 (11-7) Mid-division, weakened 8th, behind when pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Le Beau Bai (10-13) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy, 14 ran.
The Sawyer (BEL) 20-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, hit 9th, outpaced when hit 13th (valentines), weakened 4 out, 5th of 14, well behind Stewarts House (11-8) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs (2) hvy.
Court Red Handed (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) In touch, mistake 12th, headway approaching 4 out, challenged next, led narrowly 2 out, soon ridden, held on under pressure flat, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Nov beating Sandofthecolosseum (10-5) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Got Attitude (IRE) 40-1 (11-9) Mid-division, mistake and lost place 10th (bechers brook), jumped very slowly 12th (canal turn), pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Stewarts House (11-8) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs (2) hvy, 14 ran.
Atouchbetweenacara (IRE) 66-1 (10-10) Led, driven when headed 4 out, weakened before 2 out, moderate 3rd, 3rd of 14, 23l behind Le Beau Bai (10-13) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy.
Cannington Brook (IRE) 11-2 (11-1) Held up in touch, joined leaders 5th, effort when mistake 4 out, weakened after 2 out, moderate 3rd, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Teaforthree (11-1) at Chepstow 3m nov chs (3) hvy.
Our Island (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, jumped slowly and lost place 4th, soon in rear and no impression, 9th of 15, 39l behind Roalco De Farges (11-6) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Bench Warrent (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, under pressure 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 11l behind Chapolimoss (10-9) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
You Know Yourself (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Led, mistake and headed 3rd, chased leaders, blundered next, outpaced before 3 out, 4th and looked held when fell last, in a race won by Always Right (11-3) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp chs (2) sft, 12 ran.
Mark The Book (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Tracked winner from 3rd, mistake 3 out, soon beaten, 2nd of 4, 19l behind Just Amazing (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m 1f nov chs (2) gd in Apr '10.
Whats Up Woody (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders before 7th, led before 4 out, stayed on well from last, eased towards finish, won at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar beating Mister Marker (11-12) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.