A P McCoy keeps faith with CHRISTOPHER WREN even though Nick Gifford's gelding was well beaten on his chasing debut at Newton Abbot. The soft ground may well have been to blame for that effort and he's worth another chance as he looks every inch a chaser. Geneva Geyser, Houston Dynimo and Tindaro have already won over the larger obstacles but won't find it easy carrying a penalty as Alfraamsey receives 17lb including his four-year-old allowance and entitled to reverse Fontwell running with Tindaro. Tornade D'Estruval won a handicap at Uttoxeter in July but she'll do well to follow up here.
Geneva Geyser (GER) 8-11fav (11-6) Held up in rear, headway on inside 9th, challenging when not fluent 4 out, led next, driven flat, stayed on, won at Stratford 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd in Sep beating Apache Dawn (11-6) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Houston Dynimo (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Made all, hit last, driven clear, won at Worcester 2m nov chs (4) gd in Sep beating Kandari (11-5) by 7l, 6 ran.
Tindaro (FR) 7-4fav (11-11) Tracked winner until 9th, 3rd and beaten when mistake 2 out, soon edged left, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Houston Dynimo (11-5) at Worcester 2m nov chs (4) gd in Sep.
Akula (IRE) 33-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 2 out, 10th of 21, 17l behind Lifestyle (11-2) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Christopher Wren (USA) 15-8 (11-4) Tracked leaders, not always fluent, weakened 4 out, 4th of 5, 48l behind Merrion Square (11-11) at Newton Abbot 2m nov chs (4) sft in Sep.
Eighteen Carat (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Led to 7th, reminders to regain lead soon after, headed narrowly when fell 9th, in a race won by Prince Of Pirates (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 3f beg chs (4) gs in Dec, 5 ran.
Ontheslate (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, slipped on bend after 8th, not fluent next, weakened after 2 out, 3rd of 6, 28l behind Wiffy Chatsby (11-5) at Stratford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Aug.
Tornade D'estruval (FR) 5-1 (11-7) Made all, not fluent 4 out, kept on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jul beating Aviso (11-4) by 7l, 9 ran.
Alfraamsey 6-4fav (10-4) Led, headed 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression with winner flat, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Tindaro (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f beg chs (4) gd in Aug.
Baharat (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Led, not fluent 5th, headed 3 out, weakened 2 out, mistake last, 9th of 10, 28l behind Mujamead (11-3) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.