Lough Coi has finished second on his last two starts but has been well beaten on both occasions, though did win over a shorter trip here last year. Carli King weakened quickly over track and trip last time and may be too high in the weights now, a remark that may also apply to Faith Keeper, while Epee Celeste's victory at Market Rasen came over hurdles. Oscar The Myth is interesting, however, as he was in front and still going well when falling on his reappearance at Southwell. CHASERS CHANCE gets a tentative vote with Richard Johnson back on board. He is two from three on Paul Henderson's gelding, who is starting to look very well treated.
Carli King (IRE) 2-1 (11-2) Led until 3rd, led 4th until not fluent 12th, not fluent 13th, ridden before 4 out, mistake and weakened 2 out, 4th of 5, 25l behind Wood Yer (11-11) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Bruslini (FR) 50-1 (11-2) Always last, ridden and lost touch final 10f, 5th of 6, 36l behind Hazy Tom (10-9) at Southwell 2m n h flat (3) std.
Faith Keeper (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Held up behind, mistake 13th, struggling 16th, no chance with leaders, 4th of 7, 35l behind High Ron (11-7) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Handsome Buddy (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd or 10th, outpaced and well held from before 14th, 4th of 7, 30l behind Days Of Pleasure (10-8) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Oct.
Lough Coi (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Towards rear, headway from 9th, chased winner 11th, no impression and lost 2nd after 3 out, one pace, went 2nd again close home, 2nd of 11, 21l behind Take The Mick (11-5) at Ludlow 3m cond hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy.
Oscar The Myth (IRE) 3-1fav (11-6) Led, headed 15th, tracked winner, close up in 2nd when fell heavily 4 out, in a race won by Phoenix Des Mottes (9-9) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Dec, 8 ran.
Chasers Chance (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, lost place 3rd, reminder after 12th, weakened after 3 out, 5th of 6, 28l behind Trojan Sun (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Epee Celeste (FR) 20-1 (10-1) Tracked leader, challenged 2 out, narrow lead when left in command last, kept on strongly run-in, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft beating Swing State (10-4) by 6l, 8 ran.
My Silver Lilly 250-1 (10-4) In rear, ridden after 9th, behind from next, 5th of 6, 43l behind Dare To Endeavour (10-11) at Huntingdon 3m nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) hvy.