Spanish Treasure may just have needed the run in a Kempton bumper last month and should strip fitter here. But, as a four-year-old, Paul Nicholls' French import SOLLIM gets all the allowances and competed in decent company at Auteuil last spring - he can get off the mark here. Fountains Flypast shaped with promise in a jumpers' bumper at Kempton but Worcester bumper winner Kells Belle probably has more scope, though is returning here after a lengthy spell out of action. Towcester fourth Baile Anrai may be the pick of the remainder.
Baile Anrai (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) In touch in mid-division, not fluent 2nd, hampered 5th, not fluent 3 out, stayed on to take 4th approaching last, no impression, 4th of 16, 12l behind Upthemsteps (10-12) at Towcester 2m NH mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Beau Colonel (FR) 66-1 (10-12) Mid-division, weakened soon after 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 17, well behind Bobs Worth (10-12) at Kempton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Nov.
Catspan (FR) 6-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, led 4th, headed 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, 6th of 13, 27l behind Extremely So (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Fidelor (FR) 66-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 17, 37l behind Habbie Simpson (11-5) at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Fountains Flypast 16-1 (10-9) Mid-division, dropped rear 7f out, headway 3f out, went 3rd 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Pepe Simo (11-0) at Kempton 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4yo+) (AWT) (4) std in Dec.
Great Hero 50-1 (10-12) Towards rear, some headway on inside when hit 3 out, struggling after, 8th of 16, 21l behind High Benefit (10-5) at Warwick 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Jayjay Valentine 18-1 (10-7) Led and soon clear, reduced lead 3rd, headed on long run to 3 out, weakened next, well beaten when went left last and hung badly left flat, tailed off, 8th of 16, 38l behind Accordintolawrence (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Just Dave (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Took keen hold early, chased leaders until lost place before 3rd, last pair 3 out, headway from 2 out, stayed on steadily, 4th of 10, 11l behind Skint (10-12) at Wincanton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gd in Nov.
Lombardy Breeze (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, weakened over 5f out, 13th of 16, well behind Bangkok Pete (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in May '09.
Spanish Treasure (GER) 2-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Blue Monster (11-0) at Kempton 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4yo+) (AWT) (4) std in Dec.
Kells Belle (IRE) 13-8fav (10-0) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, went 2nd over 2f out, led entering final furlong, ran on, pushed out, won at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in May beating Arthur's Pass (10-8) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Sara's Smile 40-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 5th, chased leaders next, kept on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 16, 18l behind Backspin (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Freckle Face 16-1 (10-7) Took keen hold in touch, lost place 2nd, headway before next, weakened 2 out, mistake last, 5th of 11, 14l behind Tiptronic (10-9) at Hereford 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Sollim (FR) (10-3) 5th of 10, 9l behind Grand Charly (10-5) at Auteuil(FR) 1m 7f hdl fm in Apr.