Hildisvini hasn't done a great deal wrong so far this season, winning twice at Huntingdon, though this is easily his toughest task to date over fences conceding weight all round. Broadbackbob also looks a nice prospect having won on his chasing bow at Plumpton, though more is needed here. Forgotten Gold was only third behind Hildisvini in October but got off the mark at Aintree next time. He may not be suited by the drop back in distance here, however, while Rebel Rebellion was put in his place by Captain Conan and others here last time but will appreciate the extra. SUPER DUTY has been a little novicey so far but is learning with experience and, getting weight from the four previous winners, can finally get off the mark over the larger obstacles today if jumping a little better.
Hildisvini (IRE) 7-4fav (11-9) Mid-division, headway 6th, soon prominent, led approaching 10th, strongly challenged when blundered 2 out, hard ridden, stayed on strongly, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs (4) sft in Nov beating Well Regarded (11-2) by 1l, 10 ran.
Broadbackbob (IRE) 3-10fav (11-1) Held up mid-division in 4th, led 3 out, stayed on well from 2 out, won at Plumpton 2m 4f nov chs (3) gs in Nov beating Highway Code (11-1) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Forgotten Gold (IRE) 11-8 (11-4) Made all, jumped well, ridden after 2 out, stayed on gamely, won at Aintree 3m 1f beg chs (3) sft in Oct beating First Fandango (11-4) by 1 3/4l, 3 ran.
Rebel Rebellion (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Led to 3rd, tracked leader, led again 6th, headed 3 out, rallied next, outpaced by leading pair between last 2, no impression when lost 3rd last, 4th of 6, 11l behind Captain Conan (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m nov chs Grade 2 (1) sft in Nov.
Super Duty (IRE) 3-1 (11-1) Close up, prominent 5th, joined leaders 13th, every chance from 3 out, hung left next, hit last, no extra, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Poungach (11-1) at Haydock 2m 6f nov chs (2) sft in Nov.
Tickatack (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, 9th of 11, well behind Bathwick Brave (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Chadford 50-1 (10-6) Chased leader, not fluent 3rd, hit 4th, soon weakened, and behind, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Hinterland (11-10) at Chepstow 2m Limited hcp hdl (2) sft in Oct.