Bar De Ligne isn't really progressing and was soon in trouble at Doncaster last time but Distime has only found one too good in both starts over fences and will be fancied to make it third-time lucky. There was a lot to like about DREAMS OF MILAN's second at Wetherby as he just looked in need of the run that day but stuck really well to his task and will know more here. Shockingtimes probably needs further than this but had every chance when falling four out at Wincanton last time and can't be ignored if that hasn't affected confidence. He's preferred to Spanish Arch and Bobcatbilly of the others.
Bar De Ligne (FR) 3-1 (11-8) In rear, not fluent 1st, jumped right and slowly next, pushed along 7th, headway on outside 11th, 3rd and no impression 3 out, weakened before next, 3rd of 6, 36l behind Funny Star (11-1) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (4) gd in Nov.
Dreams Of Milan (IRE) 10-3fav (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway before 10th, went 3rd before 4 out, stayed on to take 2nd place run-in, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Westward Point (11-1) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Shockingtimes (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Held up, headway and pushed along in 4th after 12th, travelling well in 1 length 2nd when fell 4 out, in a race won by Buck's Bond (11-6) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd, 7 ran.
Spanish Arch (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Close up, went 3rd 7th, joined winner 10th, ridden next, weakened 3 out, lost 3rd flat, 4th of 7, 26l behind Present View (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Distime (IRE) 7-4fav (11-0) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders 13th, ridden to challenge after 3 out, kept on under pressure, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Samstown (10-3) at Market Rasen 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft.
Bobcatbilly (IRE) 9-4 (10-5) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, left 2nd 4 out, effort next, ridden and every chance flat, no extra in 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Cloudy Joker (10-8) at Ludlow 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Fitandproperjob 16-1 (9-9) Held up in last, outpaced 7th, headway 2 out, went 5 length 2nd last, ran on, just held, 2nd of 5, hd behind The Last Night (11-8) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf.
Flichity (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, jumped slowly throughout, lost place 9th, behind when pulled up 5 out, in a race won by Faith Keeper (10-7) at Huntingdon 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs, 8 ran.