KING BREX hasn't run over fences for over two years but was rated 117 when scoring at Sandown in March 2010 and is 15lb lower here plus Lucy Alexander's claim. He ran well over timber here a month ago and this looks a good opportunity. Donald McCain tries Bhaltair in first-time blinkers after several poor efforts since scoring at Aintree in June. Pickworth has gone up 8lb for winning a weak event at Market Rasen while Exotic Man was having his first start over fences when left in second place in a four-runner event at Wetherby. Dica may have caused a shock when falling at the second last over the C&D in a better race than this last time but connections will hardly be happy that he's been raised 4lb just to rub salt in the wound. Circus Clown has won fresh in the past and could provide the main threat despite his inexperience over fences.
Dica (FR) 33-1 (11-0) Held up, steady headway 10th, chased leaders 3 out, driven to challenge in 2nd and every chance when knuckled on landing and fell 2 out, in a race won by Locked Inthepocket (10-11) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov, 8 ran.
Vosges (FR) 9-2 (11-1) Chased winner until after 4th, chased leaders until weakened soon after 8th, tailed off, last of 6, 37l behind Kie (10-7) at Musselburgh 2m beg chs (3) gd in Nov.
Pena Dorada (IRE) 28-1 (10-11) Held up, mistake 1st, closed when not fluent 7th, lost place approaching 10th, well beaten 3 out, no impression after, 5th of 9, 21l behind Buck Mulligan (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov.
Circus Clown (IRE) 9-2fav (10-10) Chased leaders, lost place 4th, in rear when reminders after next, no danger after, 6th of 11, 32l behind Hawaii Klass (11-0) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Bhaltair (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Held up in rear, reminder before 5th, ouotpaced from 7th, never dangerous, 5th of 6, 24l behind Tahiti Pearl (11-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Safari Adventures (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) In rear, headway before 5th, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 8, 46l behind Saddle Pack (9-10) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Exotic Man (FR) 15-2 (10-8) In rear in 4th, blundered 7th, went 3rd before 4 out, left 2nd and well held 2 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 4, 7l behind Ulysse Collonges (11-0) at Wetherby 2m nov chs (4) gs in Nov.
King Brex (DEN) 11-1 (11-4) Towards rear, headway 5th, soon tracked leaders in 3rd, chased winner before 2 out, kept on from last, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Goldtrek (10-1) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Knight Woodsman 25-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, well behind Or de Grugy (11-5) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Nov.
Pickworth (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Led until soon after 4th, tracked leader, 6 lengths clear with leader 10th, led approaching 3 out, ridden and stayed on strongly run in, won at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov beating Capisci (10-11) by 9l, 5 ran.