Me Fein will probably start favourite for this but he had to be dropped into a seller at Fakenham to get off the mark over timber and carries a penalty here. The heavy ground could also pose problems. GOUGANE looks a much safer proposition, despite the drop in distance. Successful over fences in June, he was second over 2m5f at Southwell last time and Phil Middleton has a good strike rate here with his hurdlers. Share Option isn't badly handicapped if recapturing his best form but the handicapper appears to have a grip on Mufreesboro now and First Morning was well beaten on his return from a break. Majestic Bull can confirm recent C&D running with Amazingreyce and looks best of the rest.
Marleno (GER) 14-1 (11-1) Held up behind, headway 5th, chased leaders under pressure before 3 out, kept on same pace, ridden and no impression before 2 next, 6th of 14, 24l behind Wings Of Smoke (11-7) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Nicene Creed 66-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, effort over 3 out, never dangerous, 11th of 14, 21l behind Dormouse (11-7) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Murfreesboro 7-2fav (11-9) Held up behind, chased leaders on inside 2 out, weakened before last, 7th of 11, 9l behind Feeling (10-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hld 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
First Morning (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Close up, weakened from 3 out, 13th of 15, well behind Dormouse (11-8) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Gougane (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, left 5 lengths 2nd when hit 2 out and slightly hampered, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 7l behind Set In Her Ways (10-13) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Going Nowhere Fast (IRE) 6-1 (10-2) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, went 2nd before 4th, led 7th, headed after 2 out, weakened approaching last, 6th of 9, 24l behind On The Bridge (11-12) at Hereford 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Share Option 20-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, ridden and struggling 3 out, 12th of 17, well behind Tresor De Bontee (11-4) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Bosamcliff (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Mid-division on outside, lost place 5th, soon behind, tailed off 2 out, 6th of 10, 45l behind Lean Burn (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl (5) gs.
Thenford Flyer (IRE) 11-2 (10-1) Tracked leading trio, went 2nd 2 out, tried to close before last, soon readily held and no impression, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Salomo (11-12) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in May.
Majestic Bull (USA) 10-1 (9-13) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, led before and headed last, kept on, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Lean Burn (10-4) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Amazingreyce 9-1 (9-10) Tracked leader, blundered 4th, ridden before last, one pace, 3rd of 9, 13l behind Lean Burn (10-4) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Me Fein 10-3 (10-1) Raced wide soon in touch, went 2nd 8th, led 2 out, pushed clear last, heavily eased run in, comfortable, won at Fakenham 2m 4f sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs beating Mangonel (11-12) by 7l, 11 ran.