Whataboutya has a chance with a 10lb conditional on board but Tony McCoy rides stablemate Foxesbow. The latter is open to further progress over this longer trip after winning at Market Rasen three weeks ago. The same comment applies to BRENIN CWMTUDU, who returned from an absence to win his first race over fences when successful over 2m6f here last month. Evan Williams' chaser won with a bit in hand that day and there should be more to come. Crank Hill took advantage of a drop in the handicap to win over hurdles last time and he should go well off the same mark, along with recent Plumpton winner Rey Nacarado.
Whataboutya (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, under pressure 14th, pulled up after next, in a race won by Minella Boys (11-4) at Plumpton 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Jan, 14 ran.
Rey Nacarado (IRE) 13-8fav (11-2) Mid-division, chased leaders 6th, close up and effort 4 out, soon outpaced, weakened from next, 3rd of 8, 20l behind Rear Gunner (11-8) at Kempton 3m nov hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs in Jan.
Magnifico (FR) 40-1 (10-11) Chased leaders on inside, pushed along and hit 7th, soon weakened, tailed off after 5 out, 14th of 18, well behind Universal Soldier (11-7) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
El Jo (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, mistakes 9th and 12th, soon under pressure, rallied 14th, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Ray Mond (11-6) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-120 (3) hvy in Jan.
Marleybow (IRE) 9-2fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 1st, ridden 4 out, 3rd and beaten when mistake 2 out, 5th of 12, 35l behind Le Platino (10-11) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Oct.
Brenin Cwmtudu 17-2 (10-8) Mid-division, headway when hampered 5th, not much room when going into 2nd 8th, led after 2 out, edged left approaching last, stayed on, won at Hereford 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan beating Strongbows Legend (11-4) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Foxesbow (IRE) 5-1fav (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 10th, led 2 out, edged right and idled flat, hard ridden, held on, won at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Jan beating Camden George (11-7) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Runshan (IRE) 9-2 (10-2) Chased leader, led after 9th, headed 12th, led again 14th, hampered 17th, headed 4 out, soon ridden, led again briefly approaching 3 out, one pace and left in 4th last, soon weakened, 4th of 10, 25l behind Peut Etre Sivola (10-4) at Fontwell 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Nov.
Derawar (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) (cp) bhnd til hdwy 11; chsd wnr 13; nvr on terms, 2nd of 8, 15l behind Chesnut Annie (10-7) at Lydstep 3m ptp gs in Apr.
Crank Hill 11-1 (11-4) Tended to jump right, made all, clear when hit last, driven out, won at Exeter 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs in Jan beating Brunette'sonly (11-1) by 6l, 7 ran.
Ratify 7-1 (11-8) Led, jumped right 9th, jumped right, mistake and unseated rider 15th, in a race won by Honourable Arthur (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m 5yo nov hcp (4) gs in Jan, 6 ran.
Health Is Wealth (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Raced keenly tracking leaders, led 10th, headed 3 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 6, 13l behind Magic Marmalade (11-4) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Jan.