Ouest Éclair wouldn't be without a chance here on his best form but he's very inconsistent. The Big Freeze could also go well while Captain Nash is lightly-raced and won at Hexham in March. Or De Grugy bounced back to form at Kelso last month but is 8lb higher here while September's Sedgefield runner-up Archie's Wish is 3lb out of the handicap. VIA ARCHIMEDE won over hurdles here in January off an identical mark and is unexposed over the larger obstacles. He can bounce back from a poor effort at Perth last time by landing this.
Knight Woodsman 25-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, ridden before 4 out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 12, 31l behind Mumbles Head (11-8) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in May.
The Big Freeze (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, not fluent 8th, led before 10th, headed approaching 2 out, no extra flat, 5th of 14, 9l behind Another Trump (11-10) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Captain Nash (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) In rear and in touch, headway before 12th, led 3 out, headed before last, regain lead run-in, kept on, driven out, won at Hexham 3m 1f beg chase (5) gd in Mar beating Thelobstercatcher (11-0) by 1l, 5 ran.
Or de Grugy (FR) 4-1 (11-6) In touch, led when hit 6th, headed narrowly next, led again approaching bypassed 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on flat, won at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Oct beating Ballybanks (10-6) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Ouest Eclair (FR) 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 5th until bad mistake 7th, hampered by loose horse 10th, mistake 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Local Present (10-1) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct, 11 ran.
Ballymacduff (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) 8th of 13, 32l behind Numero Un (10-10) at Compiegne(FR) 2m 5f hdl sft in Sep.
Via Archimede (USA) 7-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, lost place before 4 out, soon behind, pulled up before next, in a race won by Rossini's Dancer (11-7) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep, 7 ran.
Dukeofchesterwood 20-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, reminders and lost place before 14th, tailed off, 8th of 11, 48l behind City Of Doral (10-6) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Jun '11.
Jan Jandura (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Always behind, 8th of 12, well behind Gougane (10-3) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Archie's Wish 7-2 (10-0) Held up towards rear, in rear from 13th, headway before 4 out, went 2nd before 3 out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Moon Melody (9-7) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in Sep.