Refusal was third over 2m here last time but didn't appear to stay this trip at Huntingdon earlier. Avenging Ace has been a big disappointment and Lajidaal looks a hard ride while Great's Autrechene is probably best watched after a lengthy absence but Ballyman is almost guaranteed to run his race again, though has never won away from Plumpton. BLACKWELL SYNERGY is almost certainly better than he's shown so far over fences and won off a 10lb higher mark over hurdles in Ireland. This won't take much winning so Jonjo O'Neill's seven-year-old gets a tentative vote as Quinte Du Chatelet has never been one to trust and Jasperito may need more time.
Great's Autrechene (FR) 20-1 (11-1) Held up, went 4th 2nd, ridden and weakened after 8th, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Arctic Ben (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec '11, 6 ran.
Quinte du Chatelet (FR) 17-2 (11-1) Held up in mid-division, pushed along after 9th, poor 8th when pulled up approaching 3 out, in a race won by Milo Milan (11-6) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan, 11 ran.
Blackwell Synergy (FR) 9-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, lost place after 4th, ridden and struggling 10th, 6th of 10, 26l behind Reginaldinho (11-11) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Avenging Ace (IRE) 5-4fav (10-13) In rear, unseated rider 6th, in a race won by Mannered (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec, 3 ran.
Refusal 4-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 5th, ridden and looked awkward from 8th, no impression from 3 out, went 3rd flat, stayed on, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Arthur's Pass (11-10) at Leicester 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Lajidaal (USA) 8-1 (11-9) Always in rear, mistakes 4th and 8th, ridden and struggling before next, 6th of 7, 26l behind Upton Mead (9-7) at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Jasperito 9-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, good headway on inside 11th, slow 13th, 5th and ridden when blundered 4 out and next, no chance after, went poor 4th before 2 out, 4th of 8, 24l behind Quartz Du Montceau (10-9) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Dec.
Ballyman (IRE) 10-1 (10-4) With leader, challenged after 3 out, no extra from last, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Newton Tonic (11-9) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.
Phoenix Des Mottes (FR) 50-1 (10-8) Mid-division, pushed along and headway before 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 12th of 23, 33l behind Overdante (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Celts Espere 66-1 (10-0) Prominent, not fluent 1st or when losing place 4th, hampered and left 3rd 14th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Doubletoilntrouble (11-12) at Hereford 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.