Spirit Of Adjisa undoubtedly has the best form on offer here but has been absent since winning at Bangor in June of last year and also has to shoulder a penalty in this. Tiptoeaway has been placed here and Sedgefield in his last two starts but his stable is going through a bit of a quiet spell, while Mister Chancer was pulled up last time. Something looked amiss with Alan King's charge at Huntingdon last month, however, and he's been given a few weeks to recover. Any Given Moment was a dual winner on the Flat but has shown little inclination for hurdling so the vote goes to recent course fifth COOL STRIKE. Alex Hales' five-year-old looks to be on the upgrade and was a decent middle-distance performer on the level when in the mood.
Spirit of Adjisa (IRE) 8-15fav (10-12) Made all, clear after 3 out, hit next, eased run-in, won at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun beating Worth A King's (11-8) by 24l, 5 ran.
Any Given Moment (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Led and keen, blundered 3 out, soon headed, weakened last, 5th of 12, 33l behind Warrior One (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Areuwitmenow (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway after 4th, jumped slowly next, weakened 7th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Extremely So (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan, 11 ran.
Candleford 28-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway after last( over 5f out), ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 26l behind King Of The Night (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gd in Jan.
Cool Strike (UAE) 40-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, ridden after 3 out, no impression on leaders approaching 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 15, 17l behind Problema Tic (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Danny Cool 10-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden 5f out, one pace final 3f, 6th of 16, 26l behind Peveril (11-2) at Haydock 2m NH flat (5) gf in Apr '09.
Drink Up 25-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, lost place 3rd, soon behind, 6th of 8, well behind Pret A Thou (11-2) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (3) sft in Jan.
Macarthur 12-1 (11-12) Prominent, on terms 3 out, soon headed and weakened, 12th of 14, 39l behind Pineau De Re (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Mister Chancer (IRE) 11-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, chased winner after 5th until next, weakened approaching 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Radetsky March (11-6) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan, 15 ran.
Tiptoeaway (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, took keen hold early, reminders after 3rd, chased leading pair from 3 out, one pace, 3rd of 11, 20l behind Charminster (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Westwire Toby (IRE) 150-1 (11-4) Held up in rear on inner, weakened after 6th, pushed along before next, soon tailed off, last of 12, well behind Warrior One (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Beat In Time 200-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, not fluent and weakened 5th, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Muldoon's Picnic (10-11) at Huntingdon 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct.
Maxford Lass 100-1 (10-9) Chased leaders and keen, not fluent 1st, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 11, 28l behind King Of The Night (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gd in Jan.
Owls Fc (IRE) 150-1 (9-7) Reluctant start, in rear, lost touch 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Diaco (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Sep, 10 ran.
Malenfant 100-1 (9-11) Not fluent and rider lost iron briefly 1st, towards rear and not fluent after, behind 5th, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Spirit Son (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Jan.