SETTLEDOUTOFCOURT has won three of his five starts over the larger obstacles and been placed in the other two. Though all out to hold off Abbey Storm at Kelso last time, Lucinda Russell's novice may have one more victory in him before the handicapper catches up. And The Man has rather harshly been raised 3lb for his latest second over course and distance considering he'd been pulled up in his previous two and Allanard hasn't shown any obvious improvement for a slide down the weights. Jim Bowie has McCoy in the saddle but needs to step up in what he's shown so far over fences, though is still preferred to Lord Redsgirth and See Double You.
And The Man 14-1 (11-4) Towards rear, headway 2 out, chased winner before last, kept on well towards finish, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Wicklow Lad (10-11) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.
Settledoutofcourt (IRE) 6-5fav (10-9) Made all, ridden 1f out, stayed on well, drawing clear towards finish, won at Kelso 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec beating Abbey Storm (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 3 ran.
Lord Redsgirth (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, mistake 10th, outpaced after 4 out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 35l behind Strobe (10-0) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Allanard (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Prominent, led after 8th, headed after 11th, weakening when mistake 5 out, tailed off, modest 3rd, 3rd of 5, 36l behind The Panama Kid (11-11) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
See Double You (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division, some progress after halfway, pushed along and went 5th approaching 4 out, no extra in 6th early straight, 6th of 18, 45l behind Carrigeen Kariega (10-8) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy.
Jim Bowie (IRE) 9-1 (11-1) Towards rear, closer in 8th 4 out, ridden after next, 6th 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 24l behind Getoutwhenyoucan (10-10) at Naas 2m cond hcp hdl (80-109) sft.