Whether Kilrush would have caught DOM LUKKA at Fontwell last month is a matter of debate as Charlie Longsdon's stayer was in front when coming down at the last and apparently going best. Neil Mulholland's charge is 4lb better off now but we'll take the latter to recoup losses. Alberobello is only a pound higher than when second over this trip at Kempton last time and must also go on the short-list while top weight Mission Complete isn't out of this as he's starting to come down the handicap again. Upbeat Cobbler started favourite for a better race at Ascot last month after winning at Uttoxeter but dropped away tamely and has a bit to prove now.
Mission Complete (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, closed after 6th, ridden after next, outpaced approaching 3 out, no impression after, 8th of 9, 13l behind Di Kaprio (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Knockraheen (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, jumped right and mistake 8th, some headway before 3 out, no impression, stayed on before last, not able to get on terms, 5th of 9, 12l behind Tantamount (10-12) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl (3) sft.
Alberobello (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, led narrowly after 2nd, headed 2 out, soon ridden, chased winner, kept on same pace and no impression from last, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Dreamsoftheatre (11-9) at Kempton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Sarando 66-1 (10-12) Led or disputed lead until headed after 4 out, mistake next, weakened 2 out, 8th of 13, 40l behind Moorlands Mist (10-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Gunna Be A Devil (IRE) 11-4fav (11-9) Made all, clear last, stayed on well, won at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov '11 beating Forever My Friend (10-0) by 6l, 14 ran.
Dom Lukka (FR) 6-4fav (11-8) With leader, not fluent 1st, led next, mistake 7th, headed 3 out, led again when hit 2 out, driven and 2 lengths ahead when fell last, in a race won by Kilrush (11-9) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Nov, 7 ran.
Kilrush (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st or 5th, hit 7th, headway 3 out, went 2nd when mistake 2 out, 2 lengths down when hampered and left clear last, driven out, won at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Nov beating Absolute Shambles (10-10) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Hot Whiskey (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) In touch, reminders 7th, losing touch when mistake 10th, tailed off when pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Balbriggan (11-12) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf, 6 ran.
Nutin Fancy (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Mid-division, weakened 5 out, 14th of 15, 43l behind Sir Frank (11-11) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Upbeat Cobbler (FR) 4-1fav (10-9) Led until well before 2 out, chased leaders, weakened quickly between last 2, 7th of 10, 26l behind Scholastica (11-5) at Ascot 2m 6f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.