Only a couple make any appeal. Double Court, who won on faster going over hurdles here back in September, is 12lb higher than when last successful over fences and NAUTICAL TWILIGHT is preferred. The latter scored over course and distance before running out of steam when third over a longer trip here last time - Neil King’s charge looks worth another chance. The remainder are harder to fancy on recent form though Ramore Will has won off a higher mark over timber in the past.
Double Court (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Close up, ridden 3 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 19 1/4l behind Thomas Todd (11-0) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Nautical Twilight 3-1 (11-12) Pulled hard tracking leaders on outside, went 2nd after 7th, led narrowly 11th, hit 3 out, headed before next, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, weakened into 3rd inside final 100 yards, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Sheneededtherun (11-10) at Southwell 3m hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Top Decision (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up, closed from 12th, led before 4 out, soon headed, weakened 3 out, pulled up before last, at Ludlow 3m hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Indian Native (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Raced wide, chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 7th, led 4 out, headed before 2 out, weakened soon after, 5th of 13, 18l behind Buck Dancing (11-11) at Southwell 3m hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Ramore Will (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) Last trio, never a factor, tailed off and pulled up, 9th of 14, dist behind Fontley House (11-7) at Kempton 3m hcp (4) gs in Nov.
Vodka Society (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Always rear, never a factor, hampered 3rd, mistake 7th, pushed along and detached before 5 out, weakened, completely tailed off, 11th of 14, dist behind Minella Beau (11-12) at Galway 2m 7f sft in Aug.