King Edmund showed he stays this longer trip when scrambling home at Kempton three weeks ago. He's been raised the obligatory 6lb but is one for the short-list again if coming here instead of going to Wetherby. Green Belt Elite is also engaged at Ffos Las but Venetia Williams has a second entry in Aachen, who will be all the better for his run at Wetherby. Fine Parchment has been a reformed character this season and bids for a four-timer and a third course win under his amateur pilot, though may need further than this nowadays. TATENEN bounded clear of a big field at Newbury in November on his reappearance. He clearly appreciated the drop in grade and can score again here as he still gets weight from the disappointing former Nicholls inmate Doeslessthanme.
Doeslessthanme (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, driven 4 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms, 5th of 9, 12l behind Desert Cry (11-6) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Jan.
King Edmund 25-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, steady headway after 9th, chased leaders next, went 2nd 3 out, led well before next, 3 lengths clear last, hard ridden run in, held on, won at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan beating Ice 'n' Easy (10-11) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Tatenen (FR) 14-1 (11-5) Towards rear, badly hampered on inside on bend after 12th, steady headway 4 out, chased leaders next, led 2 out, driven and in command between last 2, stayed on strongly, won at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov beating Carrigmorna King (11-6) by 8l, 18 ran.
Fine Parchment (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Jumped well, ridden and joined last, strongly pressed flat, stayed on gamely to assert final 100 yards, won at Sandown 3m (3) gd in Dec beating Merrion Square (11-6) by nk, 8 ran.
Aachen 6-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders on inside, mistake 10th, outpaced in 4th after 5 out, no chance with leaders, 4th of 7, 34l behind Rose Of The Moon (11-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Green Belt Elite (FR) 25-1 (10-6) Mid-division, ridden 9th, weakened after 11th, tailed off before 5 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Renard (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs (2) hvy in Dec, 11 ran.
Tchang Goon (FR) 100-1 (10-7) Held up in touch in last, pushed along 6th, lost touch 4 out, last of 4, 36l behind Ahyaknowyerself (11-0) at Leicester 2m nov chs (3) sft in Jan.