Bocciani won on the Flat in August and wasn't entirely disgraced under a penalty on his return to chasing at Perth. The drop in distance shouldn't be too much of an inconvenience on this stiff track and he can't be ignored. Quite The Man can only improve on his debut victory over fences in a novices' handicap at Perth, but Malcolm Jefferson's gelding finished behind L'ELDORADO over hurdles at Market Rasen in February and is worse off at the weights now. The latter will have learned from his chasing bow at Southwell in May and can score here.
Bocciani (GER) 10-1 (11-9) Made most until approaching 3 out, weakened next, 3rd of 6, 32l behind Astracad (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs in Sep.
Quite The Man (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Held up, headway 4 out, went 2nd next, ridden and closing when switched left flat, stayed on to lead final strides, won at Perth 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Sep beating The Cockney Mackem (11-10) by nk, 6 ran.
L'Eldorado (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Led, joined from 8th, ridden after 4 out, headed before next, one pace, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Amazing King (11-0) at Southwell 2m beg chase (5) gd in May.
Whiskey Ridge (IRE) 18-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, lost place 7th, soon behind, 8th of 12, well behind Eyre Square (10-12) at Hexham 3m nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Pena Dorada (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, weakened after 3 out, 11th of 14, 46l behind Royale's Charter (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Sep.