Talkin Thomas went close at Sedgefield in October and can figure if forgiven his failure to complete at Market Rasen last time. Teo Vivo finished runner-up at Musselburgh when the favourite, Ben Akram, unseated early on and both could get involved in this. But the vote goes to MILANO MAGIC, having only his second start over fences having finished third on last year's chasing bow at Hexham. The remainder are hard to fancy on what little they've shown so far.
Talkin Thomas (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Not jump well in touch, dropped to rear at 3rd, mistake next, behind when pulled up 10th, in a race won by Present View (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov, 7 ran.
Milano Magic (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Led until 6th, soon lost place, rallied 5 out, weakened after next, 10th of 13, 31l behind Cyrien Star (10-2) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Teo Vivo (FR) 7-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, lost place briefly when not fluent 8th, reminder after 5 out, driven to lead narrowly approaching next, headed before last, ridden and no extra flat, 2nd of 6, 5l behind My Idea (10-11) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Ben Akram (IRE) 3-1fav (10-13) In touch when blundered and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by My Idea (10-11) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov, 6 ran.
Leroy Parker (IRE) 9-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd and reminders, went 2nd after 3rd until 5 out, ridden and weakened before 3 out, last of 3, well behind Rockawango (11-5) at Carlisle 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Nov.
Radio Nowhere (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Pressed leader, led after 3rd, headed next, not fluent 5th or 7th, 4th and one pace after 3 out, 4th of 16, 15l behind Portway Flyer (11-11) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Sharney Sike 33-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 6th, jumped left 4 out, never dangerous, 6th of 13, 25l behind Scotswell (11-4) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar '12.
Edmund (IRE) 18-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, not fluent 2nd and next, mistake and reminder 7th, soon lost place, tailed off when went badly left 4 out, 5th of 7, well behind Imperial Vic (11-0) at Musselburgh 3m mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov '12.
Get The Papers 11-8fav (10-5) Led from 3rd, headed when blundered 4 out, not recover, 5th of 8, 19l behind Cloudy Joker (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.