Another modest heat but heavy ground may have been to blame for TROJAN SUN's no-show at Hereford last time. He won on soft going over hurdles and is still lightly-raced over fences so could be the one today. Glen Countess enters the argument on her second at Newbury, though is 4lb higher now, while Refusal has shown some promise and doesn't look badly treated on his handicap bow. It's Like That doesn't have a second gear but will be staying on up the straight and could grab a place again with Addiction carrying plenty of weight.
Addiction 8-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, never on terms, tailed off, 5th of 11, well behind Arbeo (10-10) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Trifollet 66-1 (11-0) Last pair, weakened 13th, tailed off 4 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Restless Harry (11-0) at Newbury 3m grad ch (2) sft in Dec, 5 ran.
Trojan Sun 16-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, hit 6th, ridden after 9th, weakened approaching 4 out, behind and pulled up before next, in a race won by No No Bingo (11-5) at Hereford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec, 12 ran.
Bolachoir (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Ran in snatches, in touch, outpaced in 5th at 14th, struggling after 4 out, plugged on again after 2 out, 5th of 10, 17l behind Masked Man (11-7) at Sandown 3m am chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
It's Like That (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Held up in touch, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, went 3rd approaching last, never able to challenge, 3rd of 6, 15l behind Billy Cuckoo (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.
Great Hero 20-1 (11-1) Always behind, tailed off when blundered badly 9th, 8th of 12, dis behind No No Bingo (11-5) at Hereford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Glen Countess (IRE) 11-4fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, tracked leader 11th, led narrowly 2 out, headed flat, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Gorey Lane (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Refusal 16-1 (10-8) Prominent, hit 2nd, soon lost place, ridden 7th, stayed on flat, 4th of 13, 12l behind Fulgora (10-1) at Warwick 2m beg chs (4) sft in Dec.
Irish Guard 10-1 (11-12) Led until 4th, ridden after next, weakened 10th, tailed off before 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Todareistodo (11-6) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Bertenbar 10-1 (11-9) Raced wide, disputed lead to 3 out, soon lost place, weakend after next, 5th of 8, 45l behind Topaze Collonges (11-11) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Gee Dee Nen 40-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, hit 3rd, not fluent 7th, some headway 10th, struggling when mistake 13th, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Pete The Feat (11-12) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Moscow Mule 25-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, hit 6th, lost touch 9th, left remote 2nd 12th, refused last, in a race won by Grouse Lodge (11-0) at Towcester 2m 6f beg chs (4) hvy in Dec, 5 ran.
Croco Mister (IRE) 5-6fav (11-3) Chased clear leaders, not fluent 8th or 9th, headway approaching 4 out, outpaced when awkward 3 out, weakened next, last of 5, well behind Peak Seasons (9-7) at Leicester 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gd in Nov.