It's going to be tough going for these chasers today and proven stamina will be all-important. FARBREAGA has only had one run over hurdles so far but has won here over hurdles on heavy ground and been placed in point-to-points. With Jeremiah McGrath taking off 3lb, he looks the one to be on in this opener. Bit Of A Clown has won two points and a hunter chase over 2m6f so has to be a danger off joint bottom weight as he is also only one of two arriving off the back of a recent run. Richmond may be the pick of the remainder.
Richmond (FR) 20-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 11th, close up when bad mistake 4 out, one pace after, no extra last, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Big News (10-9) at Ludlow 3m nov chs 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.
Barenger (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) In touch in mid-division, headway 6th, not much room and lost place on bend before 3 out, soon well held, pulled up before last, in a race won by Green Wizard (11-4) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May, 13 ran.
Cody Wyoming 25-1 (11-0) Held up in last pair in touch, left close up 3rd 9th, outpaced by leading pair approachng 3 out, no chance after, 3rd of 5, 28l behind Prince Of Pirates (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 3f beg chs (4) gs in Dec '11.
Farbreaga (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) In touch, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 11, 33l behind Jameel (11-4) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Lord Kennedy (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) Led until approaching 8th, chased leaders, rallied 3 out, weakened after next, 3rd of 4, 21l behind Roll The Dice (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Apr.
Hand On Bach (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, weakening when mistake 2 out, 10th of 15, 39l behind Willow's Saviour (11-9) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Itoldyou (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, jumped slowly throughout, weakened 5 out, 6th of 8, 44l behind Haar (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Bit Of A Clown (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) In touch, mistake 8th, pushed along 5 out, weakened before 3 out, 4th of 6, 33l behind Kind Of Easy (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Oct.