L'ELDORADO has competed in better company than this since returning to action. He ran well for a long way in a Listed handicap at Wetherby last time and Chris Bealby's charge is fancied to come out best. Fabulous Fred found life tough on his chasing bow behind the high-class Overturn and should finish closer but Morestead failed to cope with a 7lb rise for his earlier win when third at Lingfield last time and steps up in trip today. Blackwell Synergy is likely to improve on his modest debut effort over fences at Market Rasen and three-time chase winner Irish Guard could prove best of the remainder.
L'Eldorado (FR) 18-1 (10-1) Led, narrowly headed 10th, chased leader until just before 4 out, weakened next, 5th of 11, 16l behind Bless The Wings (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Nov.
Blackwell Synergy (FR) 8-1 (11-2) Keen in touch, dropped to last place 5th, hit next, not fluent 8th and next, went remote 3rd 4 out, 3rd of 5, well behind Changing Times (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 6f beg chs (4) sft in Nov.
Fabulous Fred (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Took keen hold, stumbled 1st, always last, never remotely involved, well outpaced 4 out, stumbled 2 out, last of 4, 27l behind Overturn (11-1) at Sandown 2m beg chs (4) gs in Nov.
Morestead (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd, led 5th, joined and pressed 3 out, kept slight advantage until headed last, no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Cranky Corner (11-0) at Lingfield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Little Chip (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, jumped left 6th, fell 9th, in a race won by Alpha One (11-7) at Sedgefield 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov, 6 ran.
Arctic Watch 10-1 (11-3) Behind, headway before 12th, went 2nd from 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 7, 21l behind Mabel Tasman (10-10) at Taunton 2m 7f Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) gd in Nov.
Irish Guard 6-1 (11-8) Prominent, weakened before 12th, jumped 4 out, soon pulled up when tailed off, in a race won by Notabotheronme (10-11) at Towcester 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in May, 8 ran.
Russian Conquest 9-2 (11-0) Chased clear leading pair, closer order 7th, mistake and lost 3rd next, left modest 3rd again 9th, driven and no chance with leading pair from next, 3rd of 5, 29l behind Panjo Bere (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in May.
Wherrimon 16-1 (11-9) Prominent, led after 8th, headed 4 out, 5th and weakening when blundered 2 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Red Rouble (11-10) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Nov.