KATPOLI (NAP), the only four-year-old in the race, was having only his second start over fences when making all for an impressive victory at Southwell last week. He's been raised 10lb but can race with a 7lb penalty and will take some beating with normal improvement. Ashoka beat small fields at Southwell and Aintree in early summer and found Class 2 company too hot on his return from a break at Newbury while Pointed And Sharp, who completed a hat-trick in lower grade in the autumn, didn't get far at Kempton last time. The latter's yard also run At Its Own Expense, who won over hurdles here in February but made too many mistakes on his chasing debut at Sandown last month.
Ashoka (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) In rear, pecked 3rd (water), behind 9th, mistake 4 out, 12th of 14, 36 1/4l behind Magic Saint (11-9) at Newbury 2m hcp (2) gs in Nov.
Dr Sanderson (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Held up and behind, hit 5th, lost touch from 10th, tailed off when clambered over 3 out, soon pulled up, at Ffos Las 2m 5f (3) sft in Oct.
Ballotin (FR) 16-1 (11-12) Chased leader, led narrowly 7th until ridden 4 out, chased leader until before 3 out, 4th and beaten when unseated rider 2 out, at Kempton 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Locker Room Talk (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Led after 1st, joined 6 out, headed before 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 6 3/4l behind Baddesley Knight (11-6) at Wincanton 2m hcp (3) gd in Nov.
Pointed And Sharp (IRE) 15-2 (11-10) Mid-division, when blundered and unseated rider 3rd, at Kempton 2m 2f hcp (3) gd in Nov.
At Its Own Expense (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Led, mistake 3 out, headed soon after, weakened 2 out, 5th of 8, 23 1/4l behind Champagne Court (11-8) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Nov.
Katpoli (FR) 11-4 (11-4) Made all, blundered 4 out, clear before next, eased run-in, won at Southwell 2m hcp (3) sft in Dec beating Massini Man (10-13) by 12l, 7 ran.
Admiral's Secret 9-1 (10-10) Refused to race, at Ludlow 2m hcp (3) gd in May.
Bandsman 25-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th, headway 7th, lost place when not fluent 11th, well beaten before 4 out, soon pulled up, at Bangor-on-Dee 3m hcp (3) hvy in Nov.
Bramble Brook 8-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, badly hampered and almost unseated rider 2nd, headway after 8th, chased leaders, pushed along and outpaced in 6th before 4 out, no chance after but plugged on, 5th of 10, 15 3/4l behind Keep Moving (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Spring Wolf 8-1 (11-1) Raced keenly, tracked leaders on inside, led 13th, headed after next, mistake 4 out, no extra next, pulled up before last, at Exeter 3m hcp (3) sft in Mar.
Railroad Junkie (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, never on terms, 7th of 13, 10l behind Darebin (11-1) at Kempton 2m 2f hcp (3) gd in Nov.