MORTENS LEAM (NAP) can win this for a second year running for the Pam Sly team. He made a very promising start over fences at Wetherby when beaten under a length by subsequent winner Ami Desbois and the front two pulled clear. Mullaghboy has already run three times over hurdles here this season, winning his second start, but has to compete with the selection off level weights. So does Who You For, who also makes his chasing bow but has won a point-to-point. Oakidoaki has had one run over fences but was well beaten at Lingfield.
Who You For (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden after 8th, weakened before 2 out, 8th of 10, 26 3/4l behind Chapel Stile (10-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Mortens Leam 33-1 (11-0) In rear, headway after 5 out, challenged 2 out, every chance last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Ami Desbois (11-0) at Wetherby 1m 7f (4) gs in Nov.
Mullaghboy (IRE) 11-8fav (11-12) Close up in rear, hit 6th, went 3rd 3 out, ridden and not fluent next, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Mamoo (11-11) at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Oakidoaki 8-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, pushed along before 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 11, 22 3/4l behind Church Hall (12-2) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Tommy The Rascal 7-2 (10-10) Led, awkward 1st, hit 12th, headed 14th, mistake 15th, weakened next, 5th of 6, dist behind Goosen Maverick (10-8) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp (5) gs in Nov.