GIDAM GIDAM is our selection with Victory Gunner and Jim Bob's Girl served up as the alternatives. John Mackie's charge does have a stiff task in giving weight away but Campbell Gillies claim negates five and with the trainer enjoying a fine record with his staying types, we'll take him to add another National to his haul. Victory Gunner has an unbelievable record in this race. He's sure to be primed for the challenge again. Jim Bob's Girl has now joined Tim Vaughan from Alison Thorpe. The Welsh handler has become a master of improving others' stock. Nagam went into many notebooks after his second behind Little Shilling last time out. The form of that effort has been boosted significantly since. Killard Point has a touch of class though steps into unchartered territory as far as the trip is concerned. The Ring won his first race for some time on his most recent outing and would not be hampered by any additional rain. Kitski has ran well off this mark in the past whilst the lightly weighted Fourpointone has been in rude health this autumn. Bellaney Jewel appears best of the rest. A good renewal of this contest and Gidam Gidam is our idea of the winner.
Gidam Gidam (IRE) 3-1fav (11-4) Chased leaders, hit 12th, led last, ran on well, won at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs beating Stoneriggs Merc (9-11) by 11l, 11 ran.
Killard Point (IRE) 4-1jt-fav (10-13) Chased leaders, ridden approaching 4 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 3rd of 13, 25l behind Ice Tea (11-11) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Jim Bobs Girl (IRE) 11-4fav (10-11) Chased winner throughout, mistake and reminders 16th, driven along 18th, no impression on winner approaching 2 out, finished tired, 2nd of 6, 5l behind River Indus (10-0) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Kitski (FR) 9-2 (11-9) Held up in last, raced keenly, not fluent 14th, headway after 4 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Zacharova (10-12) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (3) sft.
Victory Gunner (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, led 5th until 7th, led 14th until 16th, ridden to chase winner until 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Deep Quest (10-11) at Exeter 4m hcp chs 0-120 (3) sft.
Bellaney Jewel (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) In touch, headway 4 out, led next, ridden and stayed on flat, won at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov beating Jimmy Bond (11-2) by 6l, 13 ran.
The Ring (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd and bumped 10th, led 14th, made rest, hit 3 out, 3 lengths clear next, 1 length ahead and under strong pressure last, held on gamely, all out, won at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy beating Plum Pudding.
Rare Society (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) In touch, blundered 10th and 15th, soon lost place, no danger after, 7th of 13, 45l behind Bellaney Jewel (10-6) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Jonny's Kick 11-2 (11-2) Jumped left on occasions, with leader, led 3rd, headed and not fluent 8th, still challenging when fell at the 13th in race won by Zacharova (10-12) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (3) sft, 6 ran.
Fine By Me (IRE) 3-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway 13th and fell at the 14th in race won by New Perk (10-0) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs in Nov, 7 ran.
Nagam (FR) 17-2 (11-9) Held up, hit 5th, headway to chase leaders from 8th, under pressure approaching 4 out, 3rd after next, went poor 2nd between last 2, 2nd of 10, 20l behind Little Shilling (10-5) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (4) sft.
Orki Des Aigles (FR) 16-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 7th, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 33l behind Borero (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Major Catch (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Always prominent, chased leader approaching 5th, hit 8th, led 2 out, ridden clear flat, won at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov beating Smart Thinker (10-0) by 5l, 9 ran.
Bushido (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Prominent, ridden to lead 2 out, driven and headed last, soon weakened, 4th of 10, 9l behind Wizards Dust (11-1) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd.
Fourpointone 9-2 (11-8) Always prominent, went 2nd 12th, ridden after 3 out, switched right approaching last, stayed on under strong pressure to lead near finish, won at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov beating Amoreigh (11-12) by a nk, 7 ran.
Iloveturtle (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Always behind, tailed off from 6th, last of 11, well behind Spare Me (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 3f clm hdl (5) sft in Nov.