Pena Dorada is consistent enough but has only won once in 20 career starts though he's still a youngster and like Vosges is receiving the age allowance. The latter, a dual hurdles winner on this course, ran very well behind Carrietau over 2m here last month and will be suited by the longer trip. MAGGIO made a very promising chasing debut over the C&D behind Ballycolin and though having little chance behind Al Ferof in a Cheltenham Grade 2 subsequently should find this more to his liking. He may be good enough to see off the attentions of Nodforms Violet, another who made a bright start over the bigger obstacles behind two decent rivals at Market Rasen.
Maggio (FR) 40-1 (11-2) Behind, struggling 10th, 6th and last approaching last, stayed on to go moderate 3rd flat, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 7, 44l behind Al Ferof (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m nov chs Grade 2 (1) gs in Nov.
Nodforms Violet (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) In rear, headway 4 out, hampered next, ridden and stayed on one pace, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Carpincho (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 6f beg chs (4) gs in Nov.
Puyol (IRE) 18-1 (11-1) Prominent, ridden approaching 2 out, 3rd and one pace before last, no impression, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Trustan Times (11-1) at Sedgefield 2m 4f beg chs (5) gd in Nov.
Pena Dorada (IRE) 9-4fav (10-6) With leader, led before 2nd, headed before 6th, blundered 4 out, ridden before last, weakened and lost 3rd place towards finish, 4th of 5, 5l behind Lightening Rod (11-0) at Hexham 2m Novice Handicap Chase (0-135) (4yo+) (3) sft in Nov.
Royal And Ancient (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, weakened from 4 out, 6th of 13, well behind Dark Glacier (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Vosges (FR) 9-4 (11-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3rd, ridden to close 4 out, 1 1/2 lengths down last, stayed on, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Carrietau (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.