Amigo races over fences for the first time in this country but won a couple of times in France. Simply Wings proved consistent last season while Harry Hunt won over course and distance in May and was successful in a staying handicap on the Flat earlier this month. Bennys Mist and Rouge Et Blanc may be best watched on their reappearance but Mart Lane could run well off a decent mark, though THE DRUIDS NEPHEW is preferred. Andy Turnell's charge is back in the right grade and will go very close if reproducing his comeback run at Ascot last season when only beaten a nose by Hadrian's Approach, who went on to finish third in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham.
Amigo (FR) 7-2fav (11-12) Always prominent, challenged after 3 out, led flat, ridden out, won at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr beating Howizee (11-10) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
The Druids Nephew (IRE) 3-1fav (11-1) Held up in touch, went 3rd before 11th, ridden before 4 out, weakened 2 out, 6th of 7, 23l behind Netminder (10-0) at Ayr 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Apr.
Bennys Mist (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Towards rear, headway and in touch 8th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next, in a race won by Triolo D'Alene (10-7) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr, 29 ran.
Simply Wings (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Chased leaders, rider lost irons briefly 9th, outpaced in 4th when blundered 4 out, stayed on to modest 3rd flat, 3rd of 7, 15l behind Mcmurrough (11-0) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Mar.
Rouge Et Blanc (FR) 14-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, hit 10th and unseated rider, in a race won by Aneyeforaneye (10-13) at Perth 2m 4f (3) gs in Apr, 5 ran.
Harry Hunt 9-4 (11-5) Tracked leading pair, pushed along approaching 10th, mistake and driven next, ridden outpaced and no chance after 4 out, last of 3, 17l behind Muldoon's Picnic (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Mart Lane (IRE) 11-2fav (11-6) Waited with, some headway before 4 out, no impression next, 11th of 17, 27l behind House Rules (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs gd in May.
Arctic Ben (IRE) 22-1 (9-12) In touch, driven 3 out, ridden next, weakened last, 14th of 29, 34l behind Triolo D'Alene (10-7) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr.
Overclear 14-1 (11-7) Prominent early, in touch, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, mistake last, 7th of 14, 11l behind Humbel Ben (10-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun '10.