This looks wide-open but it's difficult to see Pete The Feat defying top weight as he's gone up another 4lb since his third at Haydock. Amigo ran well in the Welsh National and is less exposed than most while Jump City finished ahead of On Trend and Relax when second to Planet Of Sound at Kempton and is consistent. Novices Ardkilly Witness and Hansupfordetroit are rising through the ranks and could be interesting but may be too close in the weights to THEATRICAL STAR. The return to 3m will suit Colin Tizzard's recent Ascot third and he thrives on heavy going. He makes more appeal than Fruity O'Rooney on this season's form and gets the nod, but Roalco De Farges is worth monitoring in the betting as he's not badly treated on his return from a long break.
Pete The Feat (IRE) 17-2 (11-8) In touch in mid-division, headway 9th, led after next, headed after 15th, led again 2 out (normal 4 out), headed close home, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Across The Bay (11-12) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Dec.
Soll 16-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 20th, led soon after 4 out, headed 3 out, chased leader until before 2 out, plugged on same pace before last, 5th of 13, 5l behind There's No Panic (10-7) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in Dec.
Fruity O'Rooney 7-2 (11-5) Led, not fluent 15th or 4 out, headed after 3 out, no extra before last, 5th of 7, 11l behind Jamsie Hall (11-5) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct.
Theatrical Star 9-2 (11-0) Led, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon dropped to 3rd and mistake 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Bury Parade (11-6) at Ascot 2m 5f hcp chs (2) hvy in Jan.
Ardkilly Witness (IRE) 3-1 (10-13) With leader, led 7th, reminders 10th, in command when left clear 2 out, won at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs (3) hvy in Dec beating Lamb Or Cod (10-13) by 19l, 5 ran.
Hansupfordetroit (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Led to 1st, tracked leader, led 8th, headed 12th, led again 13th, left clear 4 out, ridden and headed before last, kept on, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Bertie Boru (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f (3) hvy in Jan.
Amigo (FR) 20-1 (10-0) In touch, outpaced approaching 5 out, no impression from 3 out, 7th of 20, 19l behind Mountainous (10-0) at Chepstow 3m 5f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.
Jump City (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, headway to 3rd before 12th, went 2nd 4 out, closed before 3 out, tried to challenge 2 out, ridden and no impression between last 2, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Planet Of Sound (11-12) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Jan.
Relax (FR) 4-1fav (11-0) Led and disputed, headed before mistake 6th, chased leader until 8th, chased leading pair, blundered 12th, soon 2nd again, lost 2nd 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 8, 26l behind Planet Of Sound (11-12) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Jan.
Roalco De Farges (FR) 7-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, good headway to chase leaders after 14th, mistake 16th, went 2nd approaching 20th, led 4 out, ridden and headed last, soon outpaced, 2nd of 19, 15l behind Tidal Bay (11-12) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Apr '12.
On Trend (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, blundered 9th, lost place 11th, rallied to to 3rd 13th until just before 3 out, kept on pressing for 3rd flat, no chance with leading duo, 4th of 8, 8l behind Planet Of Sound (11-12) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Jan.
Ringa Bay 10-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, ridden after 13th, went left next, kept on same pace from 3 out, went 4th close home and just missed 3rd, 4th of 11, 21l behind Restless Harry (11-5) at Newbury 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.