Plenty with claims in this. Kruzhlinin took advantage of a slide down the weights when winning over track and trip last time but has been raised 8lb and is one of the more exposed. Rossini's Dancer is upped the same amount on the back of a win at Aintree but should still go well, while Night Alliance has a 10lb hike to contend with after scoring at Ascot. The latter is not easily dismissed but the tentative vote goes to NO PLANNING, who proved well suited to longer trips when beating previous hat trick winner Denali Highway over 3m1f at Wetherby last time.
Kruzhlinin (GER) 5-1 (11-4) Close up, blundered 4 out, led 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov beating Maggio (10-12) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Rossini's Dancer 10-1 (10-9) Reluctant to line up, pressed leader, not fluent and lost 2nd 10th, went 6 lengths 2nd 2 out, closed last, led flat, stayed on, won at Aintree 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct beating Saved By John (11-7) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
No Planning 15-8fav (11-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 10th, not fluent 5 out, mistake 3 out, kept on from last, driven out, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Nov beating Denali Highway (11-10) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Sean Airgead (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Soon towards rear, reminder 6th, no impression and kept on same pace from 3 out, 6th of 16, 25l behind Not For Changing (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov.
Garleton (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Led, mistake 1st, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 32l behind Kruzhlinin (11-4) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov.
Rolecarr (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear and mistakes, never dangerous, 5th of 7, 21l behind Kruzhlinin (11-4) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov.
Riskier 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leader, weakened 4 out, 6th of 8, well behind Silver Roque (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Sergeant Pink (IRE) 28-1 (10-5) Behind, pushed along before 9th, weakened before 5 out, 7th of 12, 20l behind Ultimate (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f Listed Handicap Chase (0-155) (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov.
Night Alliance (IRE) 5-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders on inside, mistake 12th, tracked leading pair 3 out, switched outside to challenge between last 2, led last, driven out flat, won at Ascot 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov beating Duke Of Lucca (11-12) by 4 1/2l, 12 ran.