Harouet won this last year and, by coincidence, LIVELY BARON was beaten only a head by the former at this track last month. Donald McCain's charge looks sure to go close with a similar effort. No Planning also has claims on his recent third at Wetherby and Bescot Springs is not easily overlooked despite having found one too good on his last couple of outings. Jaunty Journey is 9lb higher than his win at Uttoxeter while Rhum had gone close at Perth before unseating at Fontwell last time. Global Power and Monsieur Cadou look best of those returning to action.
Mister Marker (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Mid-division, went 2nd before 5 out until 4 out, stayed on from next, 3rd of 24, 13l behind Godsmejudge (11-3) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
No Planning 6-1 (11-3) Tracked leader, challenged and mistake 4 out, every chance last, no extra and lost 2nd place close home, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Grandads Horse (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
Lively Baron (IRE) 9-4 (11-9) Tracked leader, led after 9th, jumped left 6 out, strongly challenged from 4 out, hard ridden last, headed post, 2nd of 5, ns behind Harouet (11-11) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Monsieur Cadou (FR) 11-1 (10-4) In rear, blundered 13th, tailed off before 15th, pulled up after 17th, in a race won by Godsmejudge (11-3) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 24 ran.
Global Power (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Held up mid-division, headway before 14th, led 4 out, ridden and jumped right last, kept on and edged left run-in, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind The Clyda Rover (10-9) at Exeter 3m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Apr.
Rhum (FR) 4-1 (11-1) Tracked leader, jumped right throughout, led after 4th, jumped badly right 13th and unseated rider, in a race won by Eleazar (11-5) at Fontwell 3m 2f (4) gd in Oct, 8 ran.
Bescot Springs (IRE) 10-3 (9-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, reminders before 16th, chased winner last, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Knockara Beau (11-12) at Kelso 3m 2f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Jaunty Journey 9-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, ran in snatches, mistake 9th, jumped slowly next, soon lost place, mistake, hampered and brought down 14th, in a race won by Posh Bird (10-0) at Cartmel 3m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in May, 13 ran.
Kris Cross (IRE) Evensfav (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, outpaced 3 out, in 3rd and every chance when blundered badly last, not recover, last of 3, 19l behind Carrigdhoun (10-6) at Kelso 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.