Anquetta came good at Leicester last month but this looks a more competitive affair and the gelding will do well to follow up off a 10lb higher mark. Call Me A Legend quickened nicely off a strong pace to beat Moon Over Miami at Warwick last month but may struggle to confirm the form with the second on 9lb worse terms. Edgbriar may find this an insufficient test of stamina, but top weight Noble Alan can't be ignored as his Cheltenham fall was a rare lapse of concentration. RIGUEZ DANCER has been in good form this winter, however, and may still be on a decent mark. Ferdy Murphy's charge wasn't beaten far in a better race over C&D last month when 3lb 'wrong' in the weights and a repeat of that effort would probably suffice today.
Noble Alan (GER) 16-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, steady headway 11th, diputed close up 4th and every chance when fell 3 out, in a race won by Poquelin (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Dec, 16 ran.
Edgbriar (FR) 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge after 3 out, slow next, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 29l behind Tatenen (10-13) at Ascot 2m 5f hcp chs (2) gs in Jan.
King Edmund 8-1 (11-5) Chasing leader when hampered and led 2nd, headed after next, chased leader until 6th, pushed along and stayed well there until blundered badly sprawled and dropped rear 8th, not recover, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Woolcombe Folly (11-6) at Ascot 2m 1f hcp chs (2) gs in Nov.
Nomecheki (FR) 20-1 (10-13) Always behind, lost touch 5th, tailed off next, 14th of 16, well behind Art Professor (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl (2) gs in Jan.
Call Me A Legend 11-8fav (11-4) Held up in rear, headway 7th, hit 3 out, led 2 out, hit last, driven clear flat, stayed on well, won at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan beating Moon Over Miami (11-12) by 8l, 6 ran.
Moon Over Miami (GER) 8-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, headway 6th, led next, ridden and headed 2 out, disputing 2 lenghts 2nd when slighty hampered and rider lost iron briefly last, no extra, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Call Me A Legend (11-4) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
Riguez Dancer 8-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway 8th, ridden approaching 2 out, stayed on under pressure flat, never quite able to challenge, 4th of 9, 5l behind Cornas (11-2) at Sandown 2m hcp chs (2) sft in Jan.
My Moment (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 5 out, led next, mistake 3 out, hard pressed next, headed between last 2, 2 lengths down in 2nd and one pace when fell heavily last, in a race won by Stagecoach Pearl (11-7) at Haydock 2m hcp chs 0-140 (2) gs in Nov, 8 ran.
Anquetta (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, blundered 6th, challenging when not fluent 4 out, soon led, ridden after 2 out, swished tail and edged left flat, stayed on, won at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Jan beating Bedarra Boy (10-7) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Blacktoft (USA) 16-1 (11-0) Hampered 1st and 2nd, tracked leader when mistake and unseated rider next, in a race won by Hold Fast (11-0) at Southwell 2m nov chs (4) gs in Jan, 4 ran.
Wessex King (IRE) 4-1 (11-8) Led, joined 4 out, headed narrowly but still every chance when blundered badly and unseated rider next, in a race won by Medermit (11-2) at Aintree 2m nov chs (3) gs in Oct, 3 ran.
Sambulando (FR) 66-1 (11-0) Led, headed 4 out, soon lost place, stayed on to go moderate 3rd 2 out, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 7, 20l behind Nadiya De La Vega (10-8) at Kempton 2m nov chs (2) gs in Jan.
Zacharova (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) In rear, struggling 14th, headway 4 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 6th of 13, 17l behind West End Rocker (11-11) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Dec.