Quotica De Poyans was never travelling when pulled up at Newbury last time and it's not certain this much shorter trip will be in his favour. Schindler's Gold lost his way in the summer and return from a break, while Alfie Sherrin continues to be let down by his jumping and Coup Royale hasn't shown a great deal so far this season. Got Attitude also looks one to avoid and there are question marks hanging over Fix The Rib and Safari Journey at present but Fine Parchment can probably be forgiven his run over the National fences at Aintree on heavy ground and REQUIN ran well for a long way before falling on his return to action over 3m at Ascot. It's the latter who gets the nod as he'll strip fitter here and will appreciate the return to 2m4f. Soixante is on a winning mark but weighted to reverse C&D running with Coup Royale last season so could also make his presence felt.
Fine Parchment (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced 13th (valentines), weakened 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Stewarts House (11-8) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs (2) hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Schindler's Gold (IRE) 3-1 (11-8) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, outpaced 11th, lost touch and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Mad Moose (11-1) at Worcester 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Aug, 5 ran.
Fix The Rib (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Led until 8th, rallied 3 out, weakened after next, 7th of 10, 22l behind King Edmund (11-7) at Ascot 2m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Dec.
Alfie Sherrin 25-1 (11-0) Mid-division, fell 6th, in a race won by Cross Appeal (10-4) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 in Dec, 26 ran.
Requin (FR) 7-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway halfway, chased leaders 5 out, under pressure in 3rd when fell 2 out, in a race won by The Minack (11-1) at Ascot 3m listed hcp chs (1) sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Quotica De Poyans (FR) 9-4fav (11-12) In touch in 5th, mistake 10th, dropped to rear next, tailed off and pulled up before 16th, in a race won by Rey Nacarado (11-2) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Dec, 8 ran.
Safari Journey (USA) 33-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, never on terms, tailed off in 6th when went left last 2, 6th of 12, well behind Fruity O'Rooney (11-7) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Dec.
Got Attitude (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Led until 2nd, led again next until after 5th, stayed 2nd until 11th, weakened before 5 out, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Quincy Des Pictons (9-7) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs (2) hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Coup Royale (FR) 5-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, not fluent, mistake 6th, ridden after 8th, behind from next, tailed off before 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Consigliere (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft, 7 ran.
Triangular (USA) 3-1fav (11-11) In touch until ridden and weakened 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, 37l behind Only Vintage (11-4) at Folkestone 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Soixante (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, mistake 2nd, lost place 10th, moderate 4th, 4th of 6, 42l behind Aerial (11-7) at Ascot 2m 5f chs (2) sft in Dec.
Peplum (FR) 50-1 (11-5) Not fluent and always towards rear, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Only Vintage (11-4) at Folkestone 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Cruchain (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway after 9th, not fluent 3 out, no extra next, 5th of 9, 14l behind All For Free (11-9) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.
Double The Trouble 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division, weakened 12th, soon beaten, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Oscar Gogo (10-9) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec, 15 ran.