A tricky puzzle to unravel as a few of these are making their seasonal reappearance and others have been disappointing this term. Chac Du Cadran doesn't have a leg in either of those camps as he found only Honest John too good in a driving finish at Doncaster last month while Very Stylish won at Ffos Las in October before being pulled up in better company at Sandown. SHAKING HANDS weakened quickly over a marathon trip at Exeter earlier this month having pulled too hard. He's not badly treated on his best form however and, if he settles better today, his proven stamina will be an asset on the soft ground. Little Chip, second over 2m4f here last time, could figure if lasting home and bottom weight Atherstone Hill isn't without a chance if blinkers have the desired effect.
Miko de Beauchene (FR) 12-1 (11-3) In touch in 5th, slow 3rd, tracked leading pair 8th, went 2nd 12th, led 3 out, joined when stumbled badly 2 out, narrowly headed before last, dropped to 3rd and no extra flat, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Upham Atom (11-2) at Folkestone 3m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Very Stylish (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Towards rear, reminders after 6th, tailed off when pulled up before 15th, in a race won by State Benefit (11-4) at Sandown 3m Amateur Handicap Chase (0-130) (4yo+) (3) sft, 10 ran.
Shaking Hands (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Pulled hard, soon led, mistake 4th, blundered 13th, headed 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Arbor Supreme (10-4) at Exeter 4m hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy, 10 ran.
Chac Du Cadran (FR) 3-1fav (11-9) Led, headed briefly before 10th, headed again before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on, 2nd of 7, nk behind Honest John (11-12) at Doncaster 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
The Gossmoor Yank (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) In rear, pushed along after 15th, weakened from 5 out, blundered 3 out, last of 4, well behind Benheir (11-2) at Fontwell 3m 2f beg chs (4) gs in Nov.
Round The Horn (IRE) 2-1 (11-9) Made all from sole rival, driven before 2 out, ridden and kept on flat, won at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in May beating Overyou (11-1) by 1 3/4l, 2 ran.
Emperor Concerto 6-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, behind from 10th, weakened from next, tailed off and pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Mumbles Head (11-6) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Apr, 6 ran.
Little Chip (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway 4 out, went 2nd before 2 out, ridden before last, one pace, 2nd of 9, 6l behind L'Eldorado (11-12) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Jolly Boys Outing (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) Held up, jumped right, behind 5th, tailed off 17th, pulled up after, in a race won by Mission Complete (10-13) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft, 6 ran.
Aghill (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Mistake 1st, held up in rear, headway to chase leaders 12th, slow and lost place next, behind from 15th, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Time For Spring (11-9) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Atherstone Hill (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Led until 4th, led 5th, headed and not fluent next, ridden after 8th, weakened from 3 out, 10th of 13, 39l behind Earcomesthedream (11-4) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.