Plenty of these have questions to answer but Royal Riviera is probably better than he showed at Exeter last month and has won off higher marks over hurdles. TROZULON struggled for pace over timber but this should be more his cup of tea. He'll have had plenty of schooling and, from a yard still going great guns, can make a winning start over the larger obstacles as Farbreaga was struggling when falling at Towcester in December and Stagecoach Jasper's second at Bangor around this time last year was obviously a fluke.
Farbreaga (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along from 4th, under pressure when fell 8th, in a race won by Chicklemix (11-0) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec, 10 ran.
Trozulon (FR) 3-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, lost place 7th, well beaten after 3 out, 6th of 8, 50l behind Kodicil (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Royal Riviera 9-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 37l behind Umberto D'olivate (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Guanciale 10-1 (10-11) In rear, struggling when not fluent 9th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Buywise (11-11) at Taunton 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.
Fashion Faux Pas (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, blundered 13th, soon beaten, behind when pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Faith Keeper (10-7) at Huntingdon 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Dec, 8 ran.
Ball Hopper (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, well behind Barton Gift (9-12) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.
Stagecoach Jasper 10-1 (11-11) Behind, hampered 1st, under pressure when fell 13th, in a race won by Presented (11-9) at Newcastle 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Nov, 13 ran.
Flichity (IRE) 125-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, struggling 5th, soon lost touch, tailed off after, left 3rd 13th, 3rd of 4, well behind Loose Chips (11-4) at Huntingdon 3m nov chs (3) hvy in Jan.