Savant Bleu beat a decent sort in Twirling Magnet at Wetherby in April and could be worth following this winter but this looks too far for Buck Mulligan and Market Rasen winner Rockiteer while Cootehill's stamina will also be put to the test. Newton Abbot runner-up Inside Dealer will certainly stay, however, and is well treated on his best form and Colin Tizzard's charge makes more appeal than the frustrating Siberian Tiger. IMPERIAL CIRCUS only weakened after the last when fifth in a very competitive handicap at Cheltenham in April. He's still unexposed over fences and can finally get his head in front today.
Buck Mulligan 12-1 (10-1) Held up, always behind, tailed off 3 out, 13th of 16, well behind Bouggler (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Sep.
Savant Bleu (FR) 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, led 3rd, headed 4th, led 9th, left clear 3 out, idled flat, ridden out, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr beating Twirling Magnet (11-11) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Cootehill (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) With leader, led 7th, headed 3 out, ridden after last, one pace, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Sean Airgead (11-7) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Inside Dealer (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Chased leading pair, dropped to 4th at 10th, went 2nd before 16th, ridden before 3 out, led narrowly 2 out, left over 1 length ahead last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Life Of A Luso (11-10) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Sep.
Rockiteer (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Always prominent, led before 4th, headed 2 out, led again flat, driven out, won at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug beating Lucky Landing (12-5) by nk, 7 ran.
Siberian Tiger (IRE) 18-1 (9-12) Held up in last pair, headway on inside before 4 out, soon chased leaders, ridden and stayed on same pace 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 13l behind Pantxoa (10-6) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs (2) gd in Aug.
Imperial Circus (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) In touch in mid-division, closed 9th, not fluent 4 out, led before 2 out, headed when not fluent last, no extra and lost 3 places flat, 5th of 15, 8l behind Top Dancer (10-8) at Cheltenham 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr.