UNE ARTISTE was a classy hurdler, winning a Grade 3 and three Listed contests. She should make up into a decent chaser and can give weight to her two rivals here. Buthelezi was no mug over the smaller obstacles either and has run twice over fences already, finishing second at Leicester last time. He can chase home the selection as, though Billy No Name should also make a chaser, he carries 5lb more than his allotted weight here.
Une Artiste (FR) 3-1 (11-6) Led, not fluent 3rd, headed after 3 out, weakened flat, 7th of 9, 13l behind Cockney Sparrow (10-12) at Wetherby 2m mrs lst hdl (1) gs in Nov.
Buthelezi (USA) 5-2 (11-0) Led, headed and jumped left from 3rd, stayed close 2nd, ridden after 2 out, not fluent last, held when not much room towards finish, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Valco De Touzaine (11-0) at Leicester 2m nov chs (3) gf in Nov.
Billy No Name (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Made most, headed approaching 3 out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression before next, 4th of 12, 18l behind Rydon Pynes (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.