Ben Case has done really well with the fragile Handtheprizeover, who has won both starts this season at Wincanton and Doncaster. He just lasted home two weeks ago, however, and is 8lb higher now. Golden Chieftain isn't exactly consistent and is high enough in the weights at present while Brackloon High dropped away tamely when favourite over C&D last time and Mush Mir's latest second came in a jumpers' bumper. Stoney's Treasure should improve on his third at Newbury but BAILE ANRAI will also have benefited from his comeback run and, if able to reproduce his useful novice form of last season, Ian Williams's charge could be the one today.
Golden Chieftain (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Chased leaders to 3rd, dropped towards rear next, headway under pressure when mistake 4 out, ridden to chase leading pair after next, no impression in clear 3rd before 2 out, 3rd of 14, 17l behind Unioniste (9-9) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs Grd 3 (1) hvy in Dec.
Kingsmere 25-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, behind and pulled up before next, in a race won by Al Ferof (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) sft in Nov, 18 ran.
Mush Mir (IRE) 5-2 (10-9) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, one pace, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Cross Of Honour (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Dec.
Baile Anrai (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Towards rear, some headway 12th, soon behind, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Roberto Goldback (10-10) at Ascot 3m Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov.
Prophete de Guye (FR) 8-1 (11-4) Held up in rear on outside, took keen hold, hampered 1st, headway approaching 5th, not fluent 9th, no extra before 2 out, 5th of 9, 15l behind The Rainbow Hunter (11-12) at Ascot 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Brackloon High (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) Mid-division, headway 11th, ridden before 4 out, no impression next, 5th of 8, 18l behind Mister Hyde (10-13) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Dec.
Stoney's Treasure 16-1 (11-7) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd at 5th, challenged and upsides when mistake 3 out, held next, no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 5, 18l behind Restless Harry (11-0) at Newbury 3m grad ch (2) sft in Dec.
On Trend (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leading trio, hit 5th, mistake 8th, outpaced next, went modest 3rd before 2 out, 3rd of 4, 16l behind Cedre Bleu (11-0) at Ascot 2m 5f grad ch (2) hvy in Dec.
Handtheprizeover 14-1 (9-8) Prominent, challenged 5th, led 4 out, clear next, 8 lengths ahead 2 out, reduced lead last, wandered and almost joined flat, pulled out more to hold off challenge, won at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec beating Fill The Power (11-9) by 1/2l, 11 ran.