Roi De Garde will take all the beating if lining-up but has a preferred engagement at Market Rasen. Knockando won over hurdles here back in January but has shown nothing in four subsequent starts and the vote goes to SOUDAIN, He scored over timber last year and ran well until running out of steam on his comeback and chasing debut at Market Rasen last month. He should strip fitter here while Avenging Ace is superior to Mannered over timber but neither have shown any worthwhile form over fences so far.
Soudain (FR) 16-1 (11-2) Close up, ridden 8th, weakened 10th, tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Changing Times (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 6f beg chs (4) sft in Nov.
Knockando 18-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, mistake 6th, weakened before 4 out, last of 7, 39l behind Honest John (11-12) at Doncaster 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Avenging Ace (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Led until approaching 9th, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Classical Mist (10-7) at Catterick 2m 3f beg chs (4) gs, 9 ran.
Mannered 125-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, 5th of 7, 32l behind Yurok (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs (3) sft.
Roi De Garde (FR) 9-2 (10-5) Held up and raced wide, pushed along and headway 10th, chased leaders 5 out, went 2nd before next, led approaching 3 out, clear from 2 out, stayed on strongly, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov beating Eyre Apparent (11-5) by 8l, 10 ran.