ERITAGE, a dual bumper winner, came here a fortnight ago for a similar race and made all, jumping well and coming home in a canter. He's up against some promising types here but will take all the beating. Masters Legacy made a very pleasing racecourse debut behind another Paul Nicholls runner Wild Max over the course and distance a month ago so has to be rated a threat while Kauto The King, beaten a neck here in March, found 2m5f too far on his reappearance at Wincanton. Flou Artsistique is a very interesting entry for J P McManus/David Pipe as he's a half-brother to six winners and was only beaten 2 lengths on his debut in France in April while winning point-to-pointer Equus Gold is one to note on his hurdling debut. Alan King's horses are in good form and Escapability is the type to make progress.
Eritage (FR) 8-11fav (10-12) Made all, wandered into 1st and 2nd, clear 5th, unchallenged, won at Taunton 2m (4) gs in Nov beating Fubar (10-12) by 19l, 13 ran.
Rococo River 17-2 (11-4) Held up, never dangerous, 8th of 12, dist behind Saint De Reve (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f (4) gs in Nov.
Ask Robin (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Led and soon 3 lengths clear, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, weakened next, 5th of 13, 19 3/4l behind Wild Max (11-0) at Taunton 2m mdn (5) gd in Nov.
Equus Gold (IRE) 15-8fav (11-6) Held up towards rear, closer halfway, soon chasing leaders, led 4f out, clear on home turn, headed and no extra over 1f out, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 9l behind Love Around (11-3) at Stratford 2m (4) gd in May.
Escapability (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 4 1/2l behind All Yours (8-12) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Flou Artsistique (FR) (10-3) 4th of 6, 4l behind Fils Spirituel (0-0) at Lignieres 2m in Apr.
Kauto The King (FR) 8-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, weakened 2 out, 7th of 14, dist behind Nifty At Fifty (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Dec.
Masters Legacy (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) In touch, headway 5th, tracked leaders next, ridden to chase winner 2 out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Wild Max (11-0) at Taunton 2m mdn (5) gd in Nov.
Richardson 66-1 (10-12) Towards rear, took keen hold, not fluent 5th, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 9, dist behind Millers Bank (10-12) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 1f (4) hvy in Nov.
Seasearch 200-1 (11-0) Tracked winner, ridden 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 5 1/2l behind Bathsheba Bay (11-0) at Taunton 2m mdn (5) gd in Nov.
When You're Ready (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair, headway on outside 3f out, kept on final 2f, 5th of 11, 8 1/2l behind Ask A Honey Bee (10-12) at Southwell 2m (5) sft in Nov.
French Mix (USA) 20-1 (10-10) Led 1f, chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 9, 9 1/4l behind Sarim (10-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Lady Of Authority 100-1 (10-5) In rear, pushed along and effort 4 out, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 9th of 11, dist behind Book Of Invasions (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m (4) gd in Nov.