This may well develop into a match between AITEEN THIRTYTHREE and Tarablaze. The former was most impressive on his fencing bow, beating Voramar Two by 17 lengths in a Grade 2 over C&D in November and arguably has the most scope. He is preferred to Philip Hobbs' eight-year-old, who also has potential but looks more of an out-and-out stayer and wasn't entirely convincing when beating sole rival Hidden Keel at Exeter in December. Glenwood Knight won over this trip on heavy ground at Uttoxeter in December but fell when favourite at Wetherby last month and is taking on better opposition now. He still looks a better bet than Flight Leader, however, who is now an 11-year-old and still seeking a first chase win after eight attempts.
Aiteen Thirtythree (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) With leader, pecked 2nd, soon led, made most after, narrow leader when left well clear 5 out, well in command when jumped right from 3 out, unchallenged, won at Newbury 3m nov chs Grade 2 (1) gs in Nov beating Voramar Two (11-2) by 17l, 5 ran.
Glenwood Knight (IRE) 11-10fav (11-4) Tracked leader, fell 7th, in a race won by Alfie Sherrin (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs (3) gs in Jan, 4 ran.
Tarablaze (IRE) 4-11fav (11-0) Led, driven and jumped left from 4 out, hard pressed between last 2, narrow advantage when jumped left and mistake last, soon ridden, rallied when headed briefly flat, kept on towards finish, won at Exeter 2m 3f nov chs (2) gs in Dec beating Hidden Keel (11-0) by 1 3/4l, 2 ran.
Flight Leader (IRE) 85-40 (11-0) Prominent, slow 1st and 2nd, under pressure 10th, soon weakened, rallied 3 out, stayed on under pressure to go 2nd closing stages, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Galaxy Rock (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m beg chase (4) sft in Jan.