Delgany Gunner beat Key Cutter by seven lengths over C&D 10 days ago but Paul Webber's charge is 7lb better off now and back on the same mark as when successful in this 12 months ago. The quicker ground is also in his favour and he shouldn't be far away but Charlie Longsdon's string is in good form and Rackham Lerouge can't be ignored, despite top weight. TIM THE CHAIR wouldn't be without a chance on his best form and may also do better now that the ground has dried out. He gets the vote though Lukeys Luck has been knocking on the door, though is trying a new trip here. Milo Milan and Ballinroab probably need to improve a little to figure, though are capable of doing so, while Mohi Rahrere stays well but may be a few pounds too high at present. Nom De Guerre looks best of the rest.
Rackham Lerouge (FR) 7-1 (11-3) Tracked leader, led 8th until 10th, lost place approaching 3 out, no chance when bad mistake last, 8th of 9, 39l behind Buck Mulligan (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov.
Mohi Rahrere (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Chased leader, ridden and lost 2nd 5 out, weakening when blundered 3 out, 6th of 12, 22l behind Lost Glory (11-5) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Oct.
Milo Milan (IRE) 15-8fav (11-8) Chased leaders on inside, dropped towards rear and reminder 6th, hit 4 out, 6th and outpaced before next, soon ridden, rallied after 2 out, stayed on to take 3rd after last, no impression, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Merry King (11-12) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Key Cutter (FR) 7-2 (11-12) Led, ridden and headed approaching last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Delgany Gunner (10-4) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Mylord Collonges (FR) 20-1 (11-3) In touch, dropped to rear 8th, tailed off when pulled up 12th, in a race won by Loch Ba (11-5) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Balinroab (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced 8th, well held after, 6th of 7, 27l behind Act Of Kalanisi (11-0) at Leicester 2m nov chs (3) gd in Nov.
Flemish Invader (IRE) 18-1 (11-7) Not always fluent towards rear, hit 7th, hampered 8th, behind 11th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by On The Bridge (11-2) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct, 12 ran.
Tim The Chair (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Left in lead when hampered 1st, headed next, tracked leader and tendency to jump left, went slightly wide and reminder on bend after 9th, mistake 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Basoda (11-9) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Lukeys Luck 6-4fav (11-10) Chased clear leader, closed when hit 6th, led after next, mistake 2 out, soon headed, pecked last, no extra, 2nd of 5, 12l behind Fintan (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Oct.
Nom de Guerre (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Held up behind leaders, jumped slowly 9th, headway 13th, challenged 3 out, led 2 out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Red Rouble (11-10) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Nov.
Delgany Gunner 4-1 (10-4) In touch, headway to disputed lead 2 out, led before next, stayed on, won at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs beating Key Cutter (11-12) by 7l, 6 ran.