Rody has been a revelation since switching to fences and has won four of his six starts. He carries a penalty for his latest success at Wincanton but isn't out of this. Frontier Spirit ran well at Haydock after winning at Newbury but Renard is proving expensive to follow while this will surely prove too sharp for Mac Aeda, a staying-on second to the rejuvenated Battle Group over 3m1f at Aintree having finished fourth over 3m4f at Haydock earlier. MICHEAL FLIPS finally got his act together at Ludlow two weeks ago under 5lb claimer James Banks, who takes the ride again here. He's gone up 9lb but still looks fairly treated on his runs behind For Non Stop and Sir Des Champs around this time last year and could go in again. Quincy Des Pictons has been fighting a losing battle with the handicapper this season but was a good second at Haydock last time and should be pressing the places with a repeat of that effort.
Rody (FR) 3-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, took closer order 3 out, led next, hard ridden, ran on well (2 fences omitted), won at Wincanton 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy beating King Edmund (11-4) by 2 1/2l, 4 ran.
Micheal Flips (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Chased leader, not fluent 12th, mistake 4 out, led after next, clear last, ran on well, won at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd beating Fiendish Flame (11-10) by 11l, 10 ran.
Renard (FR) 40-1 (10-12) Mid-division, driven 3 out, weakened after next, 15th of 29, 42l behind Triolo D'Alene (10-7) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs.
Frontier Spirit (IRE) 18-1 (11-12) Led until 2nd, prominent, 3rd from 4 out, no impression on leaders approaching last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 16, 12l behind Noble Legend (11-1) at Haydock 2m 6f hcp chs (2) gs in Mar.
Quincy Des Pictons (FR) 9-1 (11-7) In touch on outside, not fluent 5th, mistake 8th, headway to chase leaders next, went 3rd 4 out, stayed on to 2nd betwen last two, kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Mcmurrough (11-0) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Mar.
Green Belt Elite (FR) Evensfav (11-5) Made all, clear from 3 out, easily, won at Wincanton 2m nov chs (2) hvy in Feb '10 beating Franchoek (10-10) by 16l, 3 ran.
Silver Roque (FR) 8-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 8th, lost place before 4 out, soon well held, 9th of 17, 40l behind Oiseau de Nuit (11-8) at Aintree 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd.
Devotion To Duty (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced 8th, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 8, 22l behind Humbie (10-13) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Door Boy (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division in 4th, soon towards rear, pushed along before 12th, left remote 3rd 4 out, until before 2 out, never dangerous, 4th of 7, 50l behind Pentiffic (10-9) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Mac Aeda 14-1 (10-4) Towards rear, headway after 5 out, went 4th before 3 out, every chance 2 out, chased winner before last, no impression, 2nd of 18, 16l behind Battle Group (10-9) at Aintree 3m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gd.
Brunswick Gold (IRE) 11-1 (10-3) Tracked leader until 5 out, lost place next, 8th of 12, 8l behind Cedre Bleu (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Mar.