This longer trip will suit Grade 1 hurdle winner Saint Are, who was second on his chase bow at Aintree. Blues And Twos has been placed between the flags and won over hurdles at Wincanton after a break. Join Together would probably have finished ahead of Teaforthree on his chasing debut at Chepstow had he not crumpled on landing after jumping the fifth last. Both have the scope to do well over the larger obstacles but the class act here looks to be RESTLESS HARRY. Already successful in a point-to-point, he gets 5lb from previous chase winners Mr Moss and Viking Blond and will take some stopping if adapting to fences as he won the Grade 2 John Smith's Hurdle by 20 lengths on his reappearance.
Mr Moss (IRE) 2-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, led after 1st, headed 3rd, ridden to lead last, kept on, won at Wetherby 3m 1f beg chs (5) gs in Oct beating Blenheim Brook (11-5) by 3l, 3 ran.
Viking Blond (FR) 9-2 (11-4) Made all, clear 3rd until 6th, given breather after 13th, kicked on 5 out, unchallenged, won at Chepstow 3m nov chs (4) gs in Oct beating Alfie Spinner (11-4) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Blues And Twos 11-1 (10-12) Tracked duelling pair, mistake 6th, closed approaching 2 out led approaching and dived at last, driven and stayed on well flat, won at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Briefcase (10-9) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Join Together (IRE) 11-4fav (11-4) Mid-division, headway 12th, chasing leaders when fell 5 out, in a race won by Ace High (11-4) at Chepstow 3m beg chs (4) gd in Oct, 11 ran.
Restless Harry 7-2fav (11-0) Tracked leader, led 4 out, clear approaching next, easily, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hdl G2 (1) gd in Oct beating Fair Along (11-8) by 20l, 8 ran.
Saint Are (FR) 10-3 (11-3) Led 1st until 10th, slightly hampered 3 out, no impression on winner last, stayed on, 2nd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Champion Court (11-3) at Aintree 2m 4f nov chs (3) gd in Oct.
Teaforthree (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, ridden when hampered 5 out, soon no impression, moderate 3rd, 3rd of 11, 13l behind Ace High (11-4) at Chepstow 3m beg chs (4) gd in Oct.