HEY BIG SPENDER is the most talented chaser in the field. After a comeback run at Cheltenham last month where he finished a creditable fourth, Colin Tizzard's charge can take care of these off the same mark as when scoring at Warwick earlier this year. Garleton went close at Kelso three weeks ago and can figure, while The Hollinwell is capable on his day, but it's anybody's guess when that will be. A few of the remainder arrive in good form but are all stepping up in class including Perth winner Ashfield's Dream and Humbie, who had Captain Americo a couple of lengths behind when third at Carlisle last time.
Hey Big Spender (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, mistake 3rd, not fluent 8th, headway approaching 15th, no impression 3 out, stayed on approaching last, went 4th flat, 4th of 11, 18l behind Galaxy Rock (10-10) at Cheltenham 3m 3f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs.
Garleton (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Led, not fluent 2nd, headed 8th, led again 10th, ridden and headed run-in, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1l behind The Panama Kid (11-8) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd.
The Hollinwell 33-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 16, well behind Power Pack Jack (10-0) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
Categorical 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, chased winner 9th to 4 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression when lost 3rd flat, 4th of 9, 7l behind Hector's Choice (11-9) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Ashfield's Dream (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Prominent, led 4out, headed approaching last, soon left clear, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Aug beating Steel Magnate (10-6) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Minella Theatre (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Prominent, ridden after 11th, struggling 3 out, well behind 2 out, stayed on last, soon went 3rd, no chance, 3rd of 8, 25l behind Commemoration Day (10-9) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Captain Americo (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, ridden 2 out, plugged on from next, 4th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Power Pack Jack (10-0) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
Humbie (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Soon mid-division, disputing 5th when hampered 5 out, headway next, ridden and every chance last, no extra, 3rd of 16, 2 3/4l behind Power Pack Jack (10-0) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.