This marathon has attracted a bumper entry but not many arrive in form. Double Dizzy is a possible exception having followed up a fourth over the cross-country fences at Cheltenham with a third in the Sussex National at Plumpton, albeit beaten more than 30 lengths. He has place prospects while Ten Fires is weighted to reverse Stratford running in the autumn with Present To You and was runner-up to Shaking Hands at Ffos Las last month. The ground will suit Chepstow second My Boy Paddy but age looks to have caught up with 15-year-old Victory Gunner and Tim The Chair has become disappointing. SHERWANI WOLF is still a maiden over fences but ran a lot better than the final result suggests at Chepstow last time and this longer trip may just suit. He could be worth an interest at decent odds.
My Boy Paddy (IRE) 7-2 (9-11) Tracked leader, led briefly after 5 out, ridden 3 out, kept on and every chance between last 2, held flat, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Sona Sasta (9-11) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Dec.
Alderluck (IRE) 7-2fav (11-5) Held up in touch, hampered and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Rhum (11-9) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.
Present To You (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 12, well behind Well Refreshed (11-1) at Plumpton 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Sherwani Wolf (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Tracked winner until 6th and again 5 out until before 3 out, not fluent and beaten 2 out, no extra last, 3rd of 7, 20l behind Keppols Hill (11-0) at Chepstow 3m beg chase (4) hvy in Jan.
Victory Gunner (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) In touch, ridden 4 out, weakened 3 out, 8th of 15, 18l behind Monsieur Cadou (10-0) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Double Dizzy 12-1 (11-8) Close up, pushed along before 16th, went 3rd from 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 12, 35l behind Well Refreshed (11-1) at Plumpton 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Ten Fires (GER) 6-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, hit 8th, soon ridden, hit 3 out, chased winner before next, stayed on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 6, 13l behind Shaking Hands (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Gidam Gidam (IRE) 80-1 (10-0) Towards rear, blundered 5th, pushed along 13th, tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Chac Du Cadran (10-7) at Catterick 3m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan, 14 ran.
Nodebateaboutit 6-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, blundered and pulled up 6th, in a race won by Ringa Bay (11-4) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.
Tim The Chair (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Towards rear, blundered 7th, hit 11th, never dangerous, 7th of 12, well behind Well Refreshed (11-1) at Plumpton 3m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Dermatologiste 8-1 (11-10) Chased leader, jumped slowly 2nd, lost 2nd and ridden 7th, jumped slowly and lost place 9th, last and struggling 5 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, 28l behind Kilcommon Pride (11-9) at Ffos Las 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb '12.
Presented (IRE) 9-4 (10-11) Led, blundered 3rd, reminder before went right 12th, ridden after 3 out, soon headed, chased winner, no impression bypassing ommited 2 out, no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 4, 5l behind Double Dash (11-7) at Lingfield 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Jolly Boys Outing (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) In rear, hampered and unseated rider 11th, in a race won by Gorgehous Lliege (10-12) at Towcester 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan, 13 ran.
Acrai Rua (IRE) 15-8 (11-1) Led, ridden before 2 out, headed before last, switched right flat, kept on same pace, 2nd of 3, 1 1/2l behind Flying Award (11-3) at Bangor 3m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
De Danu (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, 7th 6 out, ridden and no extra after 4 out, 11th of 15, well behind Arabella Boy (12-0) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy.
Ballyvoneen (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, outpaced from 13th, behind 16th, mistake next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Mission Complete (10-13) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec, 6 ran.
Bobbits Way 14-1 (11-6) Mistakes in rear, modest progess 3 out, left 14 lengths 2nd 2 out, stayed on flat, not get to winner, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Maccabees (10-7) at Leicester 2m 4f sell hdl (5) sft in Jan.