Lord Tomnoddy is lightly-raced for his age but needs to step up on what he's shown so far over fences. Preuty Boy should go close if fully wound-up, however, and you wouldn't discount Honest John if applying similar criteria. KAUTO THE ROC ran his best race over the larger obstacles here last season on his reappearance. He may be the type that goes best fresh and gets a tentative vote today getting weight from the inconsistent Total Rebellion. Go Amwell has won three times at the track over hurdles but is jumping fences late in life.
Lord Tomnoddy 11-4 (11-0) In rear, soon tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 3 out, ridden after last, soon beaten, 2nd of 4, 20l behind Shoegazer (11-0) at Hereford 3m 1f beg chase (5) hvy in May.
Total Rebellion (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) With leaders, led 4th, headed 5 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Safran De Cotte (11-3) at Stratford 2m 7f Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) sft.
Preuty Boy (FR) 14-1 (10-9) Tracked winner until 5th, went 2nd again 7th, mistake next, ridden after 4 out, readily held from 2 out, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Trenchant (11-0) at Lingfield 2m 4f beg chase (5) sft in Jan.
Kauto The Roc (FR) 11-2 (10-11) Tracked winner, blundered 12th, ridden when mistake 4 out, weakened next (dismounted after finish), 3rd of 6, 37l behind Enter Paradise (11-0) at Fakenham 3m beg chase (4) gs in Feb.
Go Amwell 50-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, mistake 11th, not fluent 13th, well beaten when hampered 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Houblon Des Obeaux (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gs in Oct.
Honest John 8-1 (11-2) Led to 2nd, led again 3rd, headed 7th, ridden before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 7, 29l behind Rich Lord (11-7) at Carlisle 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar.
Rif (FR) 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 11th, weakened after 14th, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Houblon Des Obeaux (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gs in Oct.