Will Biddick is a very accomplished amateur and will fancy his chances here on board Ballyoliver, who was runner-up on his reappearance at Ludlow. He has won over 3m between the flags but both of his victories under Rules came over shorter distances. We just prefer REY NACARADO, an out-and-out stayer who likes soft ground and is capable of picking these off up the home straight. Present To You finally got off the mark over 3m4f at Stratford and should be prominent again but Minella Stars often flatters to deceive and Hunters Lodge is probably in the handicapper's grip now.
Hunters Lodge (IRE) 4-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, outpaced and lost place before 3 out, rallied from after 2 out, stayed on well flat, took 3rd final 50 yards, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Swing Bill (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov.
Rey Nacarado (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Held up in last pair, mistake 14th (water), headway 17th, went 3rd after 4 out, ridden and no impression before next, 3rd of 8, 15l behind Any Currency (11-3) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Oct.
Old Wigmore (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Mid-division, pushed along and slow 14th, weakened after 4 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Time For Spring (11-9) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Minella Stars (IRE) 5-2fav (10-9) Chased leaders, lost place 15th, rallied to modest 4th before 3 out, 4th of 8, 31l behind Any Currency (11-3) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Oct.
Ballyoliver 4-1 (11-8) Held up, headway approaching 3rd, not fluent 9th or 12th, mistake 15th, challenged 4 out, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Firebird Flyer (11-9) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Flying Award (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division, not fluent 4th, headway when not fluent 6th, led after 9th, headed before mistake 3 out, no extra next, 5th of 11, 23l behind Farmer Matt (10-2) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Present To You (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Made all, ridden after last, soon hard pressed, rallied run-in, just held on, won at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov beating Ten Fires (11-7) by shd, 5 ran.
Ceepeegee (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Led until blundered badly 2nd, close up, mistake 8th, lost place before next, mistake 12th, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Fairy Rath (11-10) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Ballyegan (IRE) 14-1 (9-13) Held up in touch, closed after 3rd, challenged 5th, led next, not fluent 8th, headed 11th, beaten 4 out, no extra 2 out, 6th of 10, 25l behind Richard's Sundance (11-5) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Red Mile (FR) 11-2 (11-4) Mid-division, not fluent 3rd, slipped up on bend after next, in a race won by Pete The Feat (11-12) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov, 13 ran.
Lady Karinga 9-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th or 5th, ridden aftre 14th, weakened before 4 out, went modest 4th next, 4th of 6, 30l behind Bounds And Leaps (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Joaaci (IRE) 5-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, with winner 13th, weakened after 3 out, 3rd of 5, 41l behind Present To You (10-11) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.