pressed leader, lost place and reminder after 4th, driven to stay in touch from next, one pace 2 out, soon ridden, 4 lengths down in 3rd when hampered and left 2nd at last, rallied flat, edged right near finish, led final strides
MONT CHOISY is penalised for his previous wins over timber but went close again when runner-up at Cheltenham last time and can give weight to today's opposition. Battle Dust was beaten only a head at Southwell on his hurdling bow and there should be more to come from him while Ballywilliam finished closer when placed over a shorter trip here last month and can also figure. Wild West Wind is preferred to Doitforthevillage after a second in a bumper at Bangor while point-to-point winner Just Bill debuts under Rules today.
Mont Choisy (FR) 6-4fav (11-3) With winner, mistake 5 out, ridden before last, kept on and always held run-in, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Atlantic Gold (11-3) at Cheltenham 3m (3) gd in Oct.
Ballywilliam (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, headway 4 out, every chance 2 out, kept on in 3rd from last, 3rd of 15, 9l behind Tapaculo (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 3f mdn (5) sft in Nov.
Battle Dust (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, reminders when lost place after 8th, headway under pressure 10th, chased front pair before 2 out, soon ridden, 3 lengths down in 2nd at last, rallied flat, gaining towards finish, just failed, 2nd of 8, hd behind Crosspark (10-12) at Southwell 3m (4) sft in Nov.
Doitforthevillage (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) In rear, headway before 3 out, ridden and in 5th before 2 out, never dangerous, 6th of 13, dist behind Emerging Force (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 3f mdn (4) sft in Nov.
Just Bill (IRE) Evens (12-2) Chsd ldrs, 4th 6out, chall 2out & sn rddn, ev ch when mstk last, no ch with easy wnr early flat, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Lenamore Boy (11-11) at Ballindenisk 3m gd in May.
Wild West Wind (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Made most until ridden and headed over 2f out, rallied inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Compadre (11-4) at Bangor 2m 1f (6) sft in Nov.