Front-runner Hopeand beat LOOKS LIKE SLIM by 10 lengths at Fakenham nine days ago when Radsoc De Sivola was a distant fourth. But the result may have been much different had the runner-up not tried to take the second-last by the roots. He was eased in the straight and should reverse running here on 7lb better terms if jumping a little better. Rasheed was second over hurdles here three weeks ago and looks a danger if translating that form to fences while the remainder have plenty to prove.
Rasheed 11-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, went 2nd closing stages, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind King Zeal (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Hopeand 5-1 (11-7) Made all, mistake 4 out, left in command 2 out, driven clear before last, won at Fakenham 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs beating Looks Like Slim (11-12) by 10l, 8 ran.
Looks Like Slim 9-2 (11-12) Held up early, headway to track leaders 4th, left 2nd next, closing when blundered 2 out, not recover, 2nd of 8, 10l behind Hopeand (11-7) at Fakenham 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs.
Barenger (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Held up, headway 9th, not fluent 11th, weakened after 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Richmond (11-12) at Lingfield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Around A Pound (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Behind, ridden 3 out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 22l behind Green Bank (11-4) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
Radsoc De Sivola (FR) 33-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, pushed along after 5th, well outpaced 8th, left poor 4th and slightly hampered at the last, 4th of 8, 40l behind Hopeand (11-7) at Fakenham 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs.