Bar De Ligne won over a shorter trip here during the summer and Green Wizard scored over a longer distance at Wetherby in May. Both were beaten on their recent comebacks and Dursey Sound makes more appeal. The latter made a winning start to his chasing career with a victory at Bangor last month and should go close again, but it could pay to stick with MULDOON'S PICNIC in this. Kim Bailey's progressive charge defied a 10lb rise to land hat-trick when successful at Huntingdon and looks best followed until beaten. Gullinbursti has shown ability over fences without yet winning and looks best of those returning to action.
Dursey Sound (IRE) 13-8fav (10-12) Chased leaders, mistake 10th, challenging when hit 2 out, driven to lead approaching last, ran on strongly, won at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs in Oct beating Foundry Square (10-12) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Muldoon's Picnic (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Held up, jumped left 7th, closed before 13th, bad mistake 4 out, went 2nd before 2 out, challenging when left well clear at fence, eased into trot over line, won at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct beating Tigre D'aron (10-10) by well, 4 ran.
Gullinbursti (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, pushed along when fell 11th, in a race won by Vino Griego (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs (2) hvy in Jan, 13 ran.
Dunlough Bay (IRE) 6-5 (11-8) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 2 out, driven to challenge last, stayed on under pressure to lead close home, won at Ludlow 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Midnight Appeal (11-8) by shd, 6 ran.
Green Wizard (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, blundered 6 out, weakened before last, 5th of 12, 17l behind Ultimate (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f Listed Handicap Chase (0-155) (4yo+) (1) gs.
Rick (FR) 4-5fav (11-1) In touch, soon in 3rd, ridden before 4 out, went 2nd and well held before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Lets Get Serious (11-1) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (4) sft in Nov '12.
Bar De Ligne (FR) 10-1 (11-8) Tracked leader, not fluent 1st or 12th, ridden and lost 2nd after 3 out, one pace approaching last, 3rd of 4, 9l behind Shutthefrontdoor (11-3) at Aintree 2m 4f nov chs (3) gd in Oct.
Greenlaw 8-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden and weakened before last, 8th of 11, 26l behind Hada Men (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Feb.