Addiction was 2l behind Rydalis at Fontwell in November but is 10lb better off. He jumped poorly at Huntingdon last time and will need to do better as will the winner, who has been raised 5lb. Father Probus has been handed a 9lb rise for last month's victory at Fontwell, which looks harsh, and though Kellystown Lad has dropped to a lowly mark he was beaten a long way when runner-up at Taunton last time. EMPEROR CONCERTO isn't the most consistent of performers but won a Haydock handicap last March from just 1lb lower and in that kind of form would be the one to beat. Milo MIlan has been a beaten favourite on his last two starts and is probably still a few pounds high.
Rydalis (FR) 9-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, challenged after 4 out, led before next, clear when jumped right 2 out and last, nursed home, won at Fontwell 2m 6f Mares Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) gs in Nov beating Addiction (11-0) by 2l, 7 ran.
Satou (FR) 9-2 (10-4) Tracked leader, mistake 13th, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 7th of 10, well behind State Benefit (11-4) at Sandown 3m Amateur Handicap Chase (0-130) (4yo+) (3) sft in Dec.
Milo Milan (IRE) 7-2fav (10-8) In touch, blundered 7th, outpaced when blundered 5 out, plugged on from next, went 3rd towards finish, never on terms, 3rd of 9, 17l behind Tour Des Champs (11-10) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Dec.
Father Probus 5-2fav (11-2) Led until narrowly headed 12th, led again 4 out, driven and stayed on well from last, all out, won at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec beating Emperor's Choice (11-9) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Bellflower Boy (IRE) 13-2 (11-1) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 9th until after 3 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 6, well behind Bennys Mist (11-11) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Quinte du Chatelet (FR) 11-2 (11-9) Pressed leader, led 9th until 13th, chased leader, every chance from 4 out, disputing close 2nd last, no extra flat, 4th of 9, 9l behind Flying Award (11-5) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy.
Emperor Concerto 20-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway 4th, mistake 11th, soon struggling, well beaten 4 out, stayed on flat, 3rd of 11, 19l behind Handtheprizeover (9-8) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Kellystown Lad (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Chased winner until 9th, went 2nd again soon after 3 out, unable to close gap, stumbled 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 6, 22l behind Bennys Mist (11-11) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Hodgson (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Towards rear, headway before 14th, chased leaders before 4 out, ridden and blundered 2 out when weakening, 5th of 12, 43l behind Well Refreshed (11-1) at Plumpton 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft.
Addiction 9-2fav (11-12) In rear, not fluent, reminder 2nd, ridden after 9th, headway after 3 out, hampered and left 2nd last, soon hung right, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Trojan Sun (11-10) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft.
Go On Arch (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Chased leader until 3rd, chased leadeing pair, went 2nd again 6th, led narrowly 7th until next, chased leader, ridden when lost 2nd and hit 2, soon ridden and outpaced in 4th, went one paced 3rd again flat, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Lough Coi (10-7) at Lingfield 2m mdn chs (5) hvy.