After refusing at Huntingdon, Medermit wasn't entirely convincing at Plumpton last month and might be worth opposing here tackling a longer trip for the first time in his career. Reve De Sivola's cause was aided by the mishaps of others over C&D last time and he already looks ready for a step up to 3m. Along with Othermix, he had also finished behind Hell's Bay here previously, though Mr Thriller was still in contention when falling two out in that race and could go close today with a clear round. Cois Farraig has more to do than when winning at Newbury in November, but the mare Sway is improving fast and Sang Bleu is surely better than he showed at Newbury. But the one to beat may be MASTER OF THE HALL, who will have learned plenty from his Ascot win and has scope for further improvement.
Billie Magern 14-1 (11-7) Led until 8th, chased leader, led again after 11th, mistake and stumbled next, headed just before 4 out, weakened and poor 7th when blundered 3 out, left poor 5th next, 5th of 8, 35l behind Wayward Prince (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs (2) gs in Nov.
Cois Farraig 10-1 (11-1) Led until narrowly headed 4th, chased leader until before 7th, left 2nd and slightly hampered 11th, led 12th, driven after 2 out, stayed on well flat, won at Newbury 2m 4f nov chs Grade 2 (1) gs in Nov beating On Borrowed Wings (11-8) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
Reve De Sivola (FR) 3-1 (11-0) Chased leaders until jumped slowly 1st and 2nd and dropped to rear, reminder after 4th, left 3rd at 7th(water), mistake 4out, closed after 3 out, chased leader approaching 2 out, led just before last, driven and stayed on well flat, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs (2) gd in Dec beating Wishfull Thinking (11-8) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Hell's Bay (FR) 7-1 (11-4) Held up in 3rd and last, mistake 2nd, went 2nd 3 out, ridden after next, soon no chance with winner, 2nd of 3, 12l behind Finian's Rainbow (11-0) at Newbury 2m 1f nov chs (3) gs in Nov.
Master Of The Hall (IRE) 10-11fav (11-1) In touch in rear, headway to track leaders 9th, joined leader 12th, led 4 out, clear 2 out, in command when blundered badly last, recovered and ran on, won at Ascot 2m 5f beg chs (3) gs in Nov beating Fredo (11-1) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Medermit (FR) 6-4fav (11-5) Held up in touch, headway to chase leader 8th, hit 4 out, led 2 out, ridden clear, won at Plumpton 2m 1f nov chs (3) gs in Dec beating Tullamore Dew (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Have You Seen Me (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, led 10th, clear after 3 out, ridden after last, no extra and headed towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Bouggler (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov chs (3) sft in Nov.
Mr Thriller (FR) 10-3 (11-2) Led, ridden and joined when narrowly headed approaching 2 out, half length down in 2nd when fell 2 out, in a race won by Time For Rupert (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs (2) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Othermix (FR) 15-2 (11-0) Led at good pace and clear 3rd, reduced lead 5th, narrowly headed next, about 1 length 2nd when slipped on landing and fell 7th (water), in a race won by Reve De Sivola (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs (2) gd in Dec, 6 ran.
Ranjobaie (FR) 6-1 (10-11) Held up behind, headway after 3 out, effort on inside 2 out, switched left between last 2, soon ridden and every chance, kept on, just held, 3rd of 18, hd behind Red Harbour (10-11) at Sandown 2m 4f Grade 3 nov hcp hdl (1) gs in Mar.
Simarian (IRE) 9-4fav (11-0) Made most, headed narrowly 9th, blundered 3 out, 3 length down and outpaced last, rallied to challenge soon after, ridden to lead again narrowly over 1f out, kept on under pressure, just held on, won at Cartmel 2m 5f beg chase (4) gd in May beating Last Flight (10-2) by hd, 6 ran.
Sang Bleu (FR) 7-2 (10-7) Tracked winner, hit 7th, outpaced 4 out, lost 2nd next, soon no chance with front pair, eased flat, last of 3, 39l behind Finian's Rainbow (11-0) at Newbury 2m 1f nov chs (3) gs in Nov.
Sway (FR) 9-2 (10-12) Held up in touch, went 2nd at 9th, challenged 4 out, led 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Exeter 2m 3f Mares Novice Chase (4yo+) (4) gs in Dec beating Bathwick Quest (10-12) by 11l, 7 ran.