Gauvain's last success came when he beat Somersby in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon two years ago but he's been nowhere near that kind of form recently, though at a higher grade than this. Top-class hunter BABY RUN hasn't been seen since a tremendous effort in the Becher at Aintree last December and though he'll be fourteen years old on Wednesday he has the class to see off these veterans. Charingworth could only plod around at one pace last time while Gansey hasn't won since February 2011 but is still 11lb higher. Kilcrea Asla has run moderately on his last two starts but is only 1lb higher than when scoring at Chepstow in March so could get into the frame.
Gauvain (GER) 33-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, jumped slowly 1st, not fluent 6th, pushed along 8th, not fluent 11th or 13th, mistake 3 out, well held before next, 7th of 13, 29l behind Double Ross (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gd.
Baby Run (FR) 12-1 (10-7) Led, blundered 12th, mistake 3 out, headed approaching last, 3 lengths down before elbow, soon closed and switched right, every chance towards finish, held close home, 2nd of 22, 1l behind Chance Du Roy (10-6) at Aintree 3m 2f hcp chs G3 (1) sft.
The Knoxs (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Tracked leader, ridden before 2 out, soon no impression, weakened last, 4th of 7, 32l behind Calculated Risk (11-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f (3) sft.
Charingworth (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Prominent, disputed lead after 5th, led 17th, blundered and headed 4 out, ridden next, no chance with front pair before last, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Pickamus (11-12) at Ludlow 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd.
Gansey (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent 11th (foinavon), led after 3 out, headed last, no extra and dropped to 4th inside final 200 yards, 4th of 16, 6l behind Rebel Rebellion (11-11) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs (2) sft.
Kilcrea Asla (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Always behind, tailed off, 13th of 18, well behind Tatenen (11-5) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Lucky Sunny (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th and keen, blundered 5th, blundered 4 out, soon weakened, last of 5, 48l behind Brave Spartacus (11-9) at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.