Having travelled strongly, BELLVANO found nothing when push came to shove at Newbury last time and was outbattled by Cedre Bleu. That's not the first time that Nicky Henderson's charge has let his supporters down over fences and the long run-in here is a worry but he has the best form in the race and is given a chance to make amends. Kings Grey is the one most likely to take advantage should the selection falter again as he's run well in handicaps since winning at Newcastle in November. Maggio stays further so may be suited if last month's Catterick runner-up Laterly adopts his usual front-running role
Bellvano (GER) 3-1 (11-7) Tracked leading pair, closed approaching 4 out, went 2nd on bit approaching 2 out, led soon after, ridden after last, found nil and headed flat, kept on same pace, 2nd of 4, 2 1/2l behind Cedre Bleu (10-11) at Newbury 2m 1f nov chs (4) gs in Jan.
Kings Grey (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden to challenge, kept on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Quicuyo (11-0) at Doncaster 2m hcp chs (2) gs in Jan.
Laterly (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) With leader, led after 4th, blundered 4 out, ridden and headed between last 2, rallied flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Altan Khan (11-7) at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Jan.
Maggio (FR) 5-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 7th, pushed along before 4 out, kept on well from last, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f beg chs (5) gs in Dec beating Vosges (10-8) by 9l, 6 ran.