Takeroc and Nozic have probably seen better days, though the latter has been thereabouts lately, but KIE is still heading in the right direction as he faced a stiff task at the weights with Tetlami here last time. He may be able to make the most of the 3lb he receives from Newbury second Urgence D'estruval. Wester Ross has disappointed this season but is starting to look well treated and makes more appeal than Lucy's Legend and Miss Tenacious.
Takeroc (FR) 33-1 (10-13) In touch, driven and outpaced 5 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next, never on terms, 7th of 15, 11l behind Ulck Du Lin (10-2) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Dec.
Urgence D'estruval (FR) 11-4 (11-6) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, soon ridden, no impression last, 2nd of 5, 11l behind Violin Davis (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) sft in Jan.
Kie (IRE) 3-1 (11-1) Raced keenly, led, dived at 5th, not fluent 7th, pushed along before headed 3 out, no chance with winner next, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 3, 6l behind Tetlami (11-0) at Kempton 2m nov chs (2) gs in Jan.
Nozic (FR) 12-1 (9-10) In touch, headway to chase leaders approaching 3rd, went 2nd next, hit 3 out, challenged next, every chance last, not pace of winner flat, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 6, 2l behind William's Wishes (11-11) at Sandown 2m hcp chs (2) sft in Jan.
Wester Ross (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Always last, no chance from 5th, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Marshal Zhukov (11-12) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Lucy's Legend (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Blundered 1st, mid-division, pushed along after 7th, weakened after 4 out, tailed off when blundered 2 out, 13th of 14, 48l behind Shooters Wood (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Nov.
Miss Tenacious 50-1 (10-9) Behind, went poor 4th 4 out until ridden before 2 out, never involved, 5th of 11, 30l behind Molotof (11-2) at Taunton 2m nov chs (4) gd in Oct.