Captain Kelly won a point-to-point last year and was second on his hurdling debut at Fakenham in May. But he'll need to improve to trouble BOYFROMNOWHERE, who was hugely impressive when beating more experienced rivals on his hurdles bow at Uttoxeter and won on heavy ground between the flags. Awaywiththegreys has been quite highly tried since winning at Aintree in June but lacks the scope of some of these while Ballyallia Man will be back over fences shortly. De La Bach returns from a lengthy absence and dual bumper winner Sir Benfro makes his debut over obstacles and may just need the experience.
Awaywiththegreys (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, not fluent 1st or 3rd, outpaced 3 out, no impression after, hampered 2 out, 4th of 12, 14l behind Trop Fort (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Aug.
Boyfromnowhere (IRE) 3-1fav (11-0) Pressed leader, led 5th, clear approaching 3 out, jumped right 2 out, easily, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf in Sep beating Bridlingtonbygones (11-0) by 16l, 15 ran.
Ballyallia Man (IRE) 5-2 (11-11) Led to 3rd, tracked leaders, led again 7th, hard pressed 3 out, ridden and headed narrowly after last, rallied to regain lead flat, kept on, won at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Apr beating I've Been Framed (11-7) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Ballymoat 28-1 (10-12) Always towards rear and not fluent, pushed along 5th and soon struggling, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Hi George (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Captain Kelly (IRE) 7-2 (10-6) Tracked leader, led after 3 out, ridden and headed approaching last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Enter Milan (10-13) at Fakenham 2m 7f nh nov hdl (3) sft in May.
De La Bech 33-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway approaching straight, went 4th over 2f out, soon ridden and no impression, kept on one pace, 3rd of 16, 14l behind Simonsig (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f NH flat gd in Apr '11.
L Frank Baum (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) With leaders, lost place 4f out, tailed off over 2f out, last of 10, well behind Solar View (8-3) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug (flat).
Regal Flow 50-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not always fluent, lost place before 3 out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Captain Sunshine (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Sir Benfro 11-2 (12-3) Led, pushed along 4f out, headed over 3f out, no extra and weakened, 7th of 9, 35l behind Another Charm (11-0) at Galway 2m N H flat sft in Aug.
The Italian Yob (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, led after about 4f, headed over 2f out, one pace, 4th of 16, 8l behind Melodic Rendezvous (11-3) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar.