Any number of these have their quirks, so only a minimum stakes investment in OR D'OUDAIRIES is recommended. Mister Potter can be thereabouts if his jumping holds together, while Open De L'sle should handle the ground and can make the frame at a fair price if he is on good terms with himself. The last named has an awkward head carriage and doesn't always impress with his attitude. But he has the ability to go close at a course that seems to bring the best out of him. Sammy Spiderman is another to monitor in the betting, as he goes well at Carlisle and but for a mulish effort last time out, would have been coming here on the back of a respectable run of form. However, Or D'oudaries has the most consistent profile on offer and, as he is far less exposed over fences than the majority of his rivals, the seven-year-old can be fancied to start paying his way for his new yard at the first time of asking.
Malko de Beaumont (FR) 8-1 (11-1) Behind, headway 8th, lost place after 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Silver By Nature (11-0) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft, 14 ran.
Go Silver Bullet (FR) 16-1 (11-9) Tracked leader, weakened approaching 3 out, 4th of 8, 6l behind Some Touch (11-6) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Oct.
Open de L'Isle (FR) 4-1fav (10-12) Held up, effort under pressure 4 out, soon driven and weakened, 10th of 11, well behind Antonius Caesar (11-5) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Mister Potter 12-1 (11-0) Always behind, struggling 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Mount Benger (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr, 9 ran.
Good Spirit (FR) 8-1 (10-10) Led until approaching 3 out, weakened before 2 out, behind and fell last, in a race won by Ship's Hill (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Jun, 7 ran.
Storymaker 16-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway to go prominent 11th, challenging leaders 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 5th of 14, 25l behind Flemross (11-5) at Hexham 2m 4f nov stks (4) gd in Jun.
Or d'Oudairies (FR) 11-4fav (10-12) In touch, raced keenly, challenged 2 out, hanging left before last, one pace flat, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Soubriquet (10-9) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (3) gd in Apr.
Newman Des Plages (FR) 10-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway on outside when not fluent 2 out, soon outpaced, stayed on final furlong, not a danger, 5th of 12, 9l behind Peters Star (10-1) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Mongorno (FR) 9-4fav (11-12) Held up, headway 8th, went 2nd 3 out, every chance when not fluent last, kept on towards finish, always held, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Royal Hilarity (11-4) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Mar.
Livingonaknifedge (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, not fluent 9th, headway 11th, hampered 2 out, no impression, 4th of 10, 7l behind Kew Jumper (10-11) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
Sparkling Taff 16-1 (10-12) Chased leader, close up when hampered and lost 2nd 4 out, beaten 3 out, hanging left when weakening after 2 out, 4th of 6, 28l behind Catch The Perk (11-4) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Oct.
Sammy Spiderman 12-1 (10-13) Mid-division, reminders 6th, weakened approaching 11th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Michigan d'Isop (11-0) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in May, 15 ran.