BENZANNO, a winner on the Flat for Andrew Balding, made a fair debut over timber behind Yorkist on this track in December with Khelac well beaten and a recent run in a jumpers' bumper will have put him straight. He should gain his first success over timber in what looks a poor contest. Rock A Doodle Doo has run four times over hurdles and produced one promising effort at Wetherby but otherwise his form has been moderate. Kolonel Kirkup had little chance against the long odds-on Aalim here last time but ran better than expected and is probably the main threat.
Benzanno (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, pulled very hard, shaken up 3f out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 24l behind Sgt Reckless (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (3) std in Jan.
Escape To The West 100-1 (11-1) Behind, mistake 4 out, blundered 2 out, never a factor, 9th of 10, well behind Yorkist (10-13) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Hope For Glory 66-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, ridden and weakened over 5f out, 6th of 7, well behind Deadly Sting (11-0) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Olynard (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Reared badly start, always in rear, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Fair Breeze (10-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am hcp 0-52 (6) pol (flat).
Rock A Doodle Doo (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Raced wide, never better than mid-division, pushed along and tailed off 3 out, 10th of 12, well behind Nesterenko (11-11) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Dec.
Well Related 100-1 (11-2) Behind, weakened from 4 out, tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Classic Move (11-8) at Catterick 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Jan, 8 ran.
Lacocodanza 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, jumped slow 1st, weakened from 3 out, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Truckers Darling (10-13) at Carlisle 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) hvy.
Khelac 33-1 (10-7) With winner, led narrowly after 3rd, headed next, in touch, weakened 2 out, 6th of 8, 24l behind Certification (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Kolonel Kirkup 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leader and keen, challenged before 2 out, led 2 out, ridden and headed last, kept on and well held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Aalim (11-5) at Catterick 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Pink Mischief 80-1 (10-1) Led, headed after 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Aurore D'estruval (10-4) at Wetherby 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy.