Majala has every chance on form of his third behind Our Mick in a Grade 2 novice chase at Haydock back in January. But KANDARI may have the edge in fitness as he finished a respectable second on his chasing bow at Worcester in September - he gets the vote to go one better. Renard D 'Irlande won twice over hurdles in 2011 but hasn't raced since April of that year and it was March last year when Ludlow winner Arthur's Pass was last seen at the track. Sew On Target made a pleasing chasing bow at Chepstow and makes more appeal than Grey Missile of the others.
Arthur's Pass 12-1 (11-1) Tracked leader who went clear from 3rd, lost 2nd 5th but stayed prominent, challenged 2 out, soon led, blundered last, edged left and ran on flat, won at Ludlow 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Mar '11 beating Furrows (11-7) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Grey Missile 4-1fav (11-2) Towards rear, hampered 2nd, mistake and pushed along 4th, headway after 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 4th of 14, 11l behind Canadian Diamond (10-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Kandari (FR) 2-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd 9th, every chance when mistake 3 out, no impression from last, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Houston Dynimo (11-5) at Worcester 2m nov chs (4) gd in Sep.
Majala (FR) 9-2 (11-5) Led headed and not fluent 4th, with winner, ridden and beaten after 3 out, 2nd of 8, 35l behind Cannington Brook (11-12) at Haydock 2m 4f Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (3) hvy in Feb.
Renard D'irlande (FR) 7-4fav (11-12) Prominent, ridden approaching 2 out, soon beaten, 5th and eased when pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Sounds Of Thunder (10-7) at Perth 2m hdl (4) gd in Apr '11, 11 ran.
Sew On Target (IRE) 7-4fav (11-6) Took keen hold, led, narrowly 2nd, pressed leader until after 7th, badly outpaced and dropped to rear approaching 5 out, rallied 3 out, went 3rd before next, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards and closed, always held, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Anay Turge (10-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Head Spin (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Held up in 5th, blundered 2 out, went poor 4th before last, 4th of 8, 19l behind Meganisi (10-12) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in May.