The testing going may prove problematic for West Wizard having scored on good ground at Market Rasen in September and finishing second at Warwick last month. Beallandendall is preferred though a string of second-places suggests he's high enough in the weights while Bennys King was pulled-up on his chasing bow and has recently joined Dan Skelton's yard. Oxwich Bay unseated last time having run well over these fences before that but ATIRELARIGO is fancied to make another bold bid having won this in 2016. Philip Hobbs' charge has had little racing since but can race off a lower mark today with last month's reappearance fourth over track and trip under his belt.
Bennys King (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Tracked leader to 3rd, in touch, lost place after 7th, hit next, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Oxwich Bay (IRE) 11-4fav (11-11) Mid-division when blundered and unseated rider 7th, at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Atirelarigo (FR) 4-1 (11-11) Held up in rear, headway when hampered 5 out, chased leaders 3 out, never on terms, 4th of 11, 6 1/2l behind Flaming Charmer (11-13) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Pop Rockstar (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Behind, headway 2 out, never on terms, 7th of 11, 19 1/4l behind Flaming Charmer (11-13) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Llancillo Lord (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Chased leaders on outside, stayed on same pace from 4 out, 7th of 16, 5 3/4l behind Awake At Midnight (11-4) at Chepstow 2m hcp (3) gs in Nov.
West Wizard (FR) 7-2jfav (12-0) Mid-division, outpaced 5 out, headway under pressure 3 out, ridden to chase leaders before 2 out, went 2nd approaching last, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Jarlath (11-12) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Maguire's Glen (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Chased leaders to before 4 out, behind from next, tailed off, 21st of 23, dist behind Palmers Hill (11-11) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Nov.
Kerisper (FR) 7-1 (11-9) Mid-division, slow and lost place 3rd, pushed along after 8th, well beaten from 4 out, 7th of 9, dist behind Creadan Grae (11-3) at Perth 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Conas Taoi (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders 3rd, lost place halfway, behind when pulled up 4 out, at Ffos Las 3m hcp (4) hvy in Nov.
Sandhurst Lad (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, outpaced 4 out, plugged on into modest 4th run-in, 4th of 8, 19 1/2l behind Glen Rocco (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (4) gs in Nov.
Beallandendall (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, under pressure 4 out, weakened next, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Flaming Charmer (11-13) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
It's Obvious 12-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, not fluent 12th, weakened before 14th, pulled up before 16th, at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Top And Drop 11-4 (11-4) Tracked leaders on outside, mistake and weakened 8th, soon behind, 4th of 6, dist behind Miss Yeats (10-13) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Nov.