Ballyvoneen, Bally Gunner and Ballyman will all have their supporters in this, the latter having made a promising reappearance behind TRUCKERS BENEFIT over C&D two weeks ago. He's 6lb better off now but Tim Vaughan's seven-year-old has more scope and is fancied to confirm placings and double up in this. Goring One usually goes well here and must be worth a second look but Whistling Senator's previous efforts over fences didn't offer much encouragement and he's been well below his best over hurdles recently.
Ballyvoneen (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, effort after 16th, led briefly when mistake and headed 3 out, lost place after last, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 3rd final 120 yards, 4th of 7, 9l behind Danny John Boy (10-12) at Cartmel 3m 6f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jun.
Bally Gunner 28-1 (11-8) Always behind, 7th of 10, 29l behind Hunters Lodge (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Goring One (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Tracked leader, led 13th, ridden and headed before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 27l behind Chasers Chance (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Whistling Senator (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Towards rear, in rear before 6th, soon tailed off, last of 7, well behind Annaluna (10-2) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Oct.
Truckers Benefit (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway 5 out, chased leader 3 out, every chance next, led last, ran on well, won at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Oct beating Croco Mister (10-2) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Taminkle (FR) 100-1 (10-13) Held up behind, struggling 10th, lost touch next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Harry Topper (11-4) at Exeter 3m beg chs (4) gs in Oct, 10 ran.
Ballyman (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Led, joined 8th, strongly challenged after 3 out, headed last, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Truckers Benefit (11-7) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.