Danandy comes here off the back of wins in a point-to-point and a bumper but BARENGER did more than enough when fourth at Doncaster last month to suggest he'd win races over hurdles and, with his jumping under less pressure over this longer trip, he gets the vote. Knockalongi's second to Lovcen at Towcester reads well but he doesn't look the heartiest of battlers while Handsome Harry ran a shocker at Lingfield following a promising debut at Uttoxeter. Mystic Appeal went very close at Hereford last time, however, and will go close here with a similar effort.
Barenger (IRE) 11-10fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, chased leader before 3 out, ridden and weakened run-in, 4th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Gores Island (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Danandy (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 9f out, led 3f out, clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) sft in Jan beating Boy Of Boru (11-6) by 4 1/2l, 12 ran.
Easy Led 200-1 (11-0) Towards rear, pushed along and struggling halfway, well tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Coneygree (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Handsome Harry (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Took keen hold, chased leading trio, hit 5th, went 3rd next until 3 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 7th of 13, 50l behind Nagpur (11-5) at Lingfield 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Kapricorne (FR) 150-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway after 3rd, mistake next, weakened approaching 3 out, 8th of 11, 35l behind Loose Chips (11-4) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Knockalongi 10-3 (10-12) In touch on inside, tracked leader from 3rd, led 3 out, driven and headed before next, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 17l behind Lovcen (10-9) at Towcester 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Nov.
Low Gales (IRE) 150-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, lost place before 3 out, soon behind, 9th of 11, well behind Batonnier (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Jan.
Midnight Choice 200-1 (10-12) Always behind, 11th of 15, well behind Hinton Indiana (10-9) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Mystic Appeal (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division on inside, headway after 3rd, went 2nd approaching last, stayed on, always just held, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Sainglend (10-9) at Hereford 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
No Reception (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, jumped left at times, behind when hit 10th, pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Brackloon High (11-0) at Hereford 3m 1f beg chase (4) sft in Jan, 8 ran.
Top Dancer (FR) 100-1 (11-0) Mid-division, struggling over 3f out, no headway, 9th of 14, 14l behind Tetlami (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (6) gd.
Trackmate 50-1 (11-2) In rear, fell 2nd, in a race won by Lemon Drop Red (10-7) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (4) gs, 13 ran.
Ugo (USA) 66-1 (10-2) Always behind, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Lemon Drop Red (10-7) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (4) gs.