A hat-trick looks on the cards for WALTZING TORNADO in this. He's a winner without a penalty having landed a conditionals' event at Fontwell a week ago and that's the best recent form on offer. Von Galen beat Rifleman easily enough over these fences last month but was pulled up back here last time when Top Benefit finished sixth. Michael Scudamore's charge looks likely to follow the selection home given the remainder don't have any decent effort between them so far this year.
Waltzing Tornado (IRE) 6-4fav (11-5) In rear, headway 4 out, left in lead 3 out, ridden and pressed run-in, kept on gamely towards finish, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy beating Morestead (10-13) by 2l, 6 ran.
Top Benefit (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Held up, headway and 5th 3 out, soon no further progress, well held when mistake last, 6th of 12, 36l behind Salut Honore (11-2) at Towcester 2m 6f hcp 0-100 (5) gs.
Von Galen (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, lost place 10th, blundered badly 11th, behind 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Salut Honore (11-2) at Towcester 2m 6f hcp 0-100 (5) gs, 12 ran.
Rifleman (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders 8th, went remote 3rd before 2 out, chased winner from last, no impression, 2nd of 11, 15l behind Von Galen (10-0) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Oct.
Notabotheronme (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Towards rear, pushed along and weakened 8th, reminders after 10th, tailed off before pulling up, in a race won by Stormyisland Ahead (11-6) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy, 12 ran.
Curragh Dancer (FR) 33-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, pushed along and lost place 7th, soon lost touch, kept on flat, 5th of 8, 14l behind Upton Mead (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Oct.
Cash In Hand (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) Mid-division, behind from 6th, well tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Shalamiyr (11-4) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.