THE MIGHTY DON has not been in the winner's circle since the autumn of 2018 but has been highly tried and was travelling nicely enough in mid-division when falling in the Kauto Star novices' chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. Getting his head back in front would do him the world of good and he definitely sets the form standard here. That said, this is far from a stroll in the park as Colorado Doc has been in fine form this term and Monbeg Zena is an interesting newcomer to fences for the in-form Olly Murphy. Too Wise Man is also unexposed over fences and should progress but hopefully this will be the day for the selection.
Coole Lion (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, jumped right and slow 1st, disputing 2nd 5th, not fluent 7th, struggling after 11th, weakened before 4 out, last of 3, 35l behind Itchy Feet (11-0) at Leicester 2m 4f (3) sft in Dec.
The Mighty Don (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, went left 1st, not fluent 10th, fell 12th, at Kempton 3m (1) sft in Dec.
Too Wise Man (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Led until blundered and unseated rider 12th, at Wetherby 3m (4) sft in Dec.
Monbeg Zena (IRE) 11-10fav (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 4th, led before 9th, headed approaching 2 out, led again before last, stayed on strongly, won at Southwell 3m mdn (4) sft in Dec beating Executive Capilano (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Colorado Doc 5-1 (10-12) Led, headed before 4th, ridden to chase winner, kept on and always held, 2nd of 4, 3l behind Dame du Soir (10-5) at Hereford 2m (4) hvy in Jan.