Both Toby Lerone and Barlow have claims. The former probably frightened himself over the National fences at Aintree last time. CONSIGLIERE won this two years ago off an identical mark. He hasn't shown much so far this season but has dropped in the weights as a consequence and Kieron Edgar's claim makes him a viable option today. Wings Of Smoke is starting to knock on the door again but his stable is going through a lean spell and Jump City gets little respite from the handicapper, though did dead-heat over track and trip in the autumn. Native Gallery and Balzaccio have the past form to figure and can't be ignored.
Consigliere (FR) 16-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, dropped to rear 5th, effort before 2 out, hung right but plugged on flat, never a threat, 6th of 10, 18l behind Lancetto (11-7) at Ascot 2m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Dec.
Native Gallery (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, pushed along before 3 out, weakened before next, 12th of 17, 21l behind Vendor (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) sft in Nov.
Jump City (FR) 11-2 (11-7) Soon close up, led before 4 out, headed before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, every chance before last, no extra run-in, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Bally Legend (11-9) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Dec.
Wings Of Smoke (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Held up, headway halfway, led 5 out, strongly challenged 2 out, jumped left last, soon headed, no extra flat, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Granville Island (11-7) at Haydock 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Toby Lerone (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders until fell 8th, in a race won by Rebel Rebellion (11-11) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs (2) sft in Dec, 16 ran.
Barlow (IRE) 7-2 (11-8) Tracked leaders, led 11th, hard pressed 4 out, headed next, rallied before last, no extra flat, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Samingarry (10-13) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Balzaccio (FR) 10-1 (11-2) Mid-division on outside, hit 7th, headway 3 out, ridden before 2 out, stayed on same pace, left 3rd last, 3rd of 12, 14l behind Carrigmorna King (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.