MAC AEDA receives a confident vote after showing up really well here on his seasonal reappearance when a staying-on fourth to Alvarado over a 2m5f trip that did not play to his assured stamina. He should be spot-on now, steps back up to 3m plus and has an excellent record at this track. He also inhabits a perfectly acceptable mark. Frontier Spirit is interesting but has a considerable absence to overcome and Mr Moss appeals as the main threat. He posted a pleasing comeback effort at Worcester in October when third to Nataami, has some decent 3m chase form to his name, including a comfortable 3l defeat of Blenheim Brook here just over a year ago. The lightly-raced Fill The Power should not be written off after a modest effort last time as that was only his second outing over fences and he retains room for improvement.
Columbus Secret (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Mid-division, fell 1st, in a race won by Bescot Springs (10-5) at Kelso 3m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Oct '11, 10 ran.
Mr Moss (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway 4th, no impression when hampered and left modest 3rd 3 out, 3rd of 10, 17l behind Nataani (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Frontier Spirit (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 6th, ridden after 10th, mistake next (water), outpaced from 13th, soon well beaten and tired, mistake last, closed on 2nd flat, 3rd of 4, 40l behind Railway Dillon (11-2) at Perth 3m nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Apr.
Mac Aeda 9-2 (11-8) Mid-division, headway and in touch 11th, driven to chase leading pair 2 out, kept on same pace, no extra in 4th flat, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Alvarado (11-9) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
Storming Gale (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Chased leaders in 4th, reminders 9th, hit next, soon lost touch, pulled up 12th, in a race won by Duke Of Lucca (11-7) at Bangor 3m nov chs (4) gd in Mar, 4 ran.
Fill The Power (IRE) 3-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, went 3rd before 9th, ridden before 4 out, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 7, 31l behind Rose Of The Moon (10-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs (3) gs.
Wyck Hill (IRE) 15-2 (11-7) Led until 7th, prominent, blundered and no impression on winner 2 out, hit last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 10, 12l behind Penny Max (11-3) at Newbury 3m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Morgan Be 20-1 (11-12) Led, headed before 11th, soon weakened and in rear, tailed off, pulled up 5 out, in a race won by You Know Yourself (11-5) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr, 6 ran.
Dystonia's Revenge (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Held up in rear when pulled up before 9th, in a race won by Knockara Beau (11-8) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft, 7 ran.