A course regular, Lease Lend hasn't scored since winning this race last year off a higher mark. He's been thereabouts over these fences of late and should figure again but DUNOWEN POINT is preferred. The latter has won two of three starts over fences, including his latest at Sedgefield, and further progress is expected despite a 10lb rise. Kealigolane has slipped down the weights and has a shout off his current mark as does Havingotascoobydo, who will have come on for his recent comeback. Saveiro is out of form and makes less appeal.
Havingotascoobydo (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 9th, blundered 2 out, weakened last, 10th of 20, 32l behind Nadiya De La Vega (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Oct.
Lease Lend 11-4 (11-12) Held up 4th and last, close up on outside 5th, challenged 4 out, every chance last, ridden and kept on flat, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1 1/2l behind Drumshambo (11-12) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Dec.
Dunowen Point (IRE) 13-5 (11-9) Held up in rear, took keen hold, led 2nd, made rest, pressed last, kept on gamely, held on well towards finish, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec beating Walser (11-4) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Kealigolane (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Led, mistake 6th, headed 2 out, 4 lengths down in 2nd last, soon ridden, rallied and every chance flat, held near finish, 4th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Jackies Solitaire (9-13) at Catterick 2m beg chs (3) hvy in Dec.
Saveiro (FR) 12-1 (11-9) Tracked leading pair, lost place 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, 5th of 6, 34l behind Stopped Out (11-12) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.