Former pointer Fort Worth has won both starts under Rules. He scored over hurdles at Wetherby in October and should have more to offer but CARDINAL WALTER will be a tough nut to crack. Nicky Henderson's charge couldn't give 6lb to Qewy at Newbury three weeks ago but that was no disgrace. He stayed 1m6f on the Flat so should handle this step up in trip. Royalraise has each-way claims on his third at Southwell in November while Heated Debate may do better with an Ascot run under his belt. Midnight Monty is one to note for future reference.
Cardinal Walter (IRE) 2-1fav (11-8) Tracked leaders, 2nd 3 out, led soon after, joined when mistake 2 out, headed between last two, soon outpaced and no chance with impressive winner, 2nd of 13, 6l behind Qewy (11-2) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (3) sft.
Copperfacejack (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Led until 3rd, lost place before 5th, mistake and weakened next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Monbeg Theatre (11-1) at Towcester 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Nov, 8 ran.
Heated Debate (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, chased leader until after 4th, chased leaders, weakened approaching 2 out, jumped right last, tailed off, 9th of 13, 47l behind Arpege D'alene (11-0) at Ascot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Kinari (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, struggling after 6th, went remote 4th 2 out, went 3rd flat, never any chance, tailed off, 3rd of 9, well behind Ugolin De Beaumont (11-3) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft.
Luccombe Down 8-1 (11-4) Mid-division, pushed along 4 out, weakened from 3 out, 8th of 10, 37l behind Doctor Phoenix (11-4) at Newcastle 2m NH mdn hdl (4) hvy.
Midnight Monty 33-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway into mid-division before 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never reached leaders, 5th of 15, 23l behind A Vos Gardes (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Royalraise (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway chasing leaders approaching 7th, 2nd before 8th until before 2 out, driven and not quicken between last two, went 3rd soon after last, one pace, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Monbeg Theatre (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Tinos Tank (IRE) 80-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway after 4 out, challenged and every chance when fell next, in a race won by A Vos Gardes (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan, 15 ran.
Fort Worth (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, headway 6th, challenged after 3 out, led last, ran green but quickened clear towards finish, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Arthurs Secret (10-12) by 3l, 9 ran.