TIME OUT landed a maiden chase in soft ground over C&D last time. A 6lb rise is negated by Nathan Moscrop's claim and he's fancied to follow up back in handicap company. Kilkenny All Star was all out to win by a neck when ending a long losing run at Bangor in November but should go well again off only a 4lb higher mark, while a few of the remainder are hard to predict but have the past to figure. They include Hockenheim, who separated a couple of dismal efforts with a second at Carlisle and Mr Crystal, whose fourth at Wetherby back in October was a decent effort. Front of House has yet to match his hurdling form over fences and may be best watched.
Hockenheim (FR) 20-1 (9-7) Tarcked leaders, mistake 6th, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Always Right (11-3) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp chs (2) sft in Dec.
Mr Crystal (FR) 11-1 (11-9) Mid-division, ridden and one pace 10th, 4th of 10, 18l behind Tyrone House (11-9) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Dec.
Saveiro (FR) 33-1 (11-7) Held up mid-division, blundered 7 out, ridden before 5 out, soon weakened, jumped right 3 out, 4th of 11, 22l behind Mostly Bob (11-12) at Doncaster 3m nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) gd in Jan '11.
Time Out (IRE) 11-10fav (11-0) Made all, clear from 2 out, pushed out, won at Catterick 2m 3f mdn chs (5) sft in Dec beating Alpha One (10-9) by 12l, 9 ran.
Cool Operator 20-1 (10-8) Held up mid-division, in rear from 8th, soon pushed along and never dangerous, 11th of 12, 28l behind Quicuyo (11-10) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Dec.
Front Of House (IRE) 100-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd until lost place and dropped rear from 2nd, never dangerous, 5th of 6, well behind Sprinter Sacre (10-10) at Doncaster 2m nov chs (4) gd in Dec.
Kilkenny All Star (IRE) 5-1 (11-8) Set steady pace until 2nd, remained prominent, effort 2 out, stayed on under pressure to lead close home, won at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov beating Laneguy (11-1) by nk, 6 ran.
Cortinas (GER) 25-1 (10-6) Held up, went 4th approaching 5th, went 3rd after 8th until 4 out, stayed on same pace from 3 out, 4th of 7, 7l behind Carrietau (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.