Wake Your Dreams hasn't done a lot wrong over the larger obstacles so far and should be thereabouts again in this. Hold Court may well have won at Newton Abbot last time had he not come down at the last. He's another to consider if that tumble hasn't affected confidence but chasing debutant Welsh Bard may need the experience and wasn't as good as some of these over hurdles. AINSI FIDELES gets a very handy weight-for-age allowance at this time of year and may now be ready to open his account for the Pipe team having been highly tried since arriving from France.
Alaplee 20-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, ridden after 7th, not fluent 9th, headway next, ridden after 4 out, weakened next, fell 2 out, in a race won by Sultana Belle (10-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov chs (4) sft in May, 6 ran.
Ballybogey (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Prominent until ridden and weakened after 6th, well behind before 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind It's A Mans World (10-5) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Apr.
Hold Court (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, slightly hampered and left 2nd 6th, lost 2nd 8th until before 10th, mistake 4 out, closed 2 out, every chance when fell last, in a race won by Mcllhatton (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov chs (3) gd in Jun, 5 ran.
Odds On Dan (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 8th of 10, 32l behind Kilbree Kid (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 6f beg chase (4) gd in Jun.
Run Forest Run (IRE) 25-1 (12-0) Prom til outpcd 3 out, 3rd of 10, 12l behind Brother Mark (12-0) at South Durham 3m ptp gd in May.
Tax Benefit (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, led 3rd, headed before 4 out, weakened before 3 out, last of 3, 38l behind Mr Moss (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f beg chs (5) gs in Oct '11.
Wake Your Dreams (IRE) 11-8fav (10-12) Led, driven after 4 out, headed next, one pace 2 out, ridden and kept on flat, 3rd and held near finish, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Rum And Butter (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Watered Silk 8-1 (10-5) Chased leader, ridden and dropped rear 2 out, soon out paced, left 3rd last, 3rd of 4, 41l behind Able Deputy (11-0) at Fakenham 2m nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Jun.
Welsh Bard (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, led approaching 2 out, clear last, driven out flat, comfortably, won at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in May beating Aggie's Lad (11-6) by 4l, 6 ran.
Ainsi Fideles (FR) 11-4fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, weakened next, 8th of 13, 42l behind First Avenue (11-11) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Jun.