There are big question marks hanging over most of these but Be My Deputy has been in decent form of late, winning at Doncaster before just finding 3m too far at Musselburgh. Amirico could win a race like this if sorting out his jumping while Gers Benefit was clear of the third when runner-up to Gorgehous Lliege at Towcester in December and Seventh Hussar was a close second over course and distance before finishing third at Lingfield. Unwanted Gift's recent second came in a selling hurdle at Fakenham, however, so we prefer KNOCKDOLIAN. He's only had one run over fences so far and ran well in a Wolverhampton bumper last time, shaping as though this longer trip would suit.
Be My Deputy (IRE) 11-4fav (11-9) With leader, led after 5 out, ridden before 2 out, soon pressed, headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Knight Woodsman (11-0) at Musselburgh 3m Am hcp ch 0-100 (5) gd.
Smart Act (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, jumped left 8th, lost touch before 12th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Big News (10-9) at Ludlow 3m nov chs 0-110 (4) sft, 12 ran.
Seymour Legend 100-1 (10-12) Held up, bad mistake 1st, ridden before 4th, lost touch netx, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Conquisto (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nov chs (4) sft in Dec, 6 ran.
Amirico (IRE) 18-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Gorgehous Lliege (10-12) at Towcester 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan, 13 ran.
Unwanted Gift (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Held up, headway halfway, chased leader 6th, joined leader next, led 2 out, ridden and headed flat, kept on one pace, 2nd of 9, 4l behind King's Road (11-5) at Fakenham 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Caulfields Venture (IRE) 5-4fav (11-9) Held up in rear, steady headway to 4th after 8th, went 3rd before 2 out, soon ridden and weakened after 2 out, struggling in 4th when fell last, in a race won by Red Anchor (11-1) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy, 6 ran.
Midnight Dove 100-1 (10-11) Mid-division, struggling 5th, behind 7th, pulled up before 10th, in a race won by Big News (10-9) at Ludlow 3m nov chs 0-110 (4) sft, 12 ran.
The Good Guy (IRE) 15-8 (11-5) Led, mistake 1st, headed 6 out, tracked leader, pushed along 5 out, weakened before 4 out, soon left 3rd until 2 out, never dangerous, 4th of 5, 9l behind Silver Steel (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.
Oddjob (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in rear, effort and some headway 9th, weakened 5 out, tailed off, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Dingo Bay (10-7) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy, 8 ran.
Cruz On Ted 100-1 (11-1) Took keen hold, always in rear, never on terms, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Godsmejudge (11-1) at Folkestone 3m 1f beg chs (4) gd in Dec.
Seventh Hussar 7-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, held up in 5th, headway to 2nd after 10th, ridden and no impression 2 out, weakened to 3rd last, 3rd of 6, 10l behind Red Anchor (11-1) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy.
Gers Benefit (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Led 1st, hit next, mistake 7th, ridden and edged left between last 2, went right last, kept on until ridden and headed flat, no extra, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Gorgehous Lliege (11-2) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Knockdolian (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) In touch, ridden over 3f out, soon outpaced, 4th of 8, 13l behind Capellanus (10-9) at Wolverhampton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Photogenique (FR) 22-1 (9-9) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, soon ridden, left 5th when hampered next, plugged on to take moderate 4th flat, 4th of 8, 34l behind Topaze Collonges (11-11) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.