MITCHELL'S WAY has made no impression in a couple of tries over fences since the turn of the year but was in decent form over hurdles last season, winning twice at Carlisle. Alan Swinbank knows what it takes to train winners on this surface and his charge should take all the beating in this. Silver Dragon disappointed on his latest start over timber but won at Uttoxeter in the autumn and hasn't many miles on the clock. He should give a good account while Paul Nicholls runs Sin Bin, who was second over hurdles at Aintree in October before being pulled up on his chasing bow at Taunton. Mauricetheathlete is a thorough stayer and may not have the pace for this.
Guanciale 6-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, led 5th, headed 6th, led again 7th, headed 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 8, 25l behind Farbreaga (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy.
Mauricetheathlete (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Mainly towards rear, 8th of 13, 21l behind Rhum (11-0) at Ludlow 3m Am hcp ch 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.
Mitchell's Way 6-1 (11-2) In touch in rear, headway to track leaders 4th, ridden 4 out, weakened 2 out, 4th of 5, well behind Pinerolo (10-8) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) hvy.
Oak Wood (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Led, pushed along before 4 out, ridden and headed before 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 14, well behind Top Billing (11-1) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Jan.
Picaroon 33-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 9l behind Caulfields Venture (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Ravens Secret 100-1 (11-12) Always behind, tailed off before 5 out, 10th of 14, well behind Top Billing (11-1) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Jan.
Silver Dragon 5-2fav (11-11) Towards rear, reminders 3rd, ridden 5th, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Crookstown (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec, 11 ran.
Sin Bin (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Took keen hold chasing leaders, hit 6th, weakened 12th, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Coole River (11-4) at Taunton 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov, 8 ran.
The Mobb (IRE) 100-1 (11-3) Slowly away, took keen hold and soon in touch, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, behind when hit next, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Minella Reception (11-3) at Ludlow 2m NH mdn hdl (4) hvy.
Epee Celeste (FR) 33-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, took closer order 4th, led 6th, headed 5 out, weakened after 4 out, soon tailed off, 5th of 9, 43l behind The Last Bridge (10-8) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy.