Tiptoeaway will do well to win this under top weight following a lengthy lay-off, though Barry Geraghty takes the ride. Ballinvarrig is on a hat-trick after victories at Exeter and Ascot and should go well again while Present View won at Market Rasen before finishing second over a longer trip at Bangor in December but Lost Legend would have preferred better ground. Pearls Legend is struggling to get his head in front and it's two years since MIC'S DELIGHT last tasted success but he's dropped to a decent mark and, on the evidence of recent placed efforts at Taunton and Wincanton, may be capable of ending his losing run.
Tiptoeaway (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Tracked clear leader and soon clear of rest, headway and close up approaching 3 out, ridden to lead last, kept on flat, won at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct '12 beating Cool Touch (10-10) by 1l, 8 ran.
Flaming Gorge (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Led until 6th, stayed prominent, led approaching 2 out, soon headed, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Firth Of The Clyde (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
Jackies Solitaire 11-2 (11-0) Always behind, tailed off 3 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Fairy Rath (10-1) at Ascot 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Apr, 9 ran.
Ballinvarrig (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Raced wide and patiently ridden and held up in touch in last pair, headway approaching 11th, hit next, chased leading pair before 2 out, challenged 2 out, went 2nd between last 2, driven before last, led under pressure run in, stayed on, won at Ascot 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan beating Benefit Cut (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Lost Legend (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway to 5th before 12th, driven and beaten when short of room and mistake 3 out, went modest 4th next, 4th of 7, 22l behind Giorgio Quercus (11-7) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Sunny Ledgend 100-1 (11-7) Prominent, jumped left and not fluent 5th, lost place when not fluent 11th, weakened 13th, mistake 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Captain Chris (11-7) at Ascot 2m 5f chs G1 (1) sft, 8 ran.
Present View 7-4fav (11-10) Led to 4th, chased leaders, led again 3 out, ridden and headed before last, kept on run-in, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Railway Dillon (11-6) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Balzaccio (FR) 10-1 (11-2) Mid-division on outside, hit 7th, headway 3 out, ridden before 2 out, stayed on same pace, left 3rd last, 3rd of 12, 14l behind Carrigmorna King (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Pearls Legend 3-1fav (11-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led before 3 out, soon pressed, ridden before last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Granville Island (11-12) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.
Mic's Delight (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd before 11th, went 2nd from 13th, challenged before 3 out, lost 2nd from next, one pace, 3rd of 8, 14l behind Bennys Mist (11-9) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
Brody Bleu (FR) 13-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, lost place before 5th, closed approaching 8th, not fluent 12th, staying on same pace when hit last, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Time To Think (11-5) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.