Matuhi has struggled in better company since winning at Ascot in November and will do well to confirm running on worse terms with the runner-up Five Dream. Alderley Rover has won two of his last three starts but drops back in trip here, while this is much tougher than the race Categorical won at Newcastle last month. Kealshore Boy has claims representing last year's winning yard, but top weight WATCH MY BACK makes more appeal. Ferdy Murphy's charge ran out a clear winner on fast ground at Ayr last week and appears to be at the top of his game right now.
Watch My Back 11-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway 5 out, chased leaders before 4 out, ridden before 2 out, led before last, kept on well, won at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd beating I'msingingtheblues (11-12) by 7l, 10 ran.
Matuhi 16-1 (10-9) Held up behind, headway into mid-division when hampered 4 out, chased leaders before 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression, 6th of 20, 13l behind Holmwood Legend (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Alderley Rover (IRE) 11-10fav (11-7) Made all and always going well, hit 11th, in command when shaken up before 2 out, stayed on well from last, ridden out, won at Fontwell 2m 6f nov chs (4) gd beating Aldertune (11-4) by 8l, 3 ran.
Categorical 20-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, closed after 4 out, chasing leaders approaching last, went 2nd flat, stayed on, held by winner, 2nd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Prince De Beauchene (10-5) at Aintree 3m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gd.
Five Dream (FR) 4-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 3rd approaching 4 out, kept on same pace, closed on 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Tyup Pompey (10-0) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Raysrock (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, blundered and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Watch My Back (11-6) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd, 10 ran.
Kealshore Boy 7-1 (11-11) Held up mid-division, chased leaders before 3 out, stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Qianshan Leader (11-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.