David Pipe won this last year but has already withdrawn his two entries which may have left the way open for ex-pointer FLINSTONE. Jonjo O'Neill's charge is by Presenting out of a Saddlers' Hall mare so should have the pace for this. He's preferred to Trickaway, who pulled too hard on his debut under Rules at Cheltenham but should be capable of better. Essteepee is a full brother to a staying chaser so should do better when tackling hurdles and fellow newcomer Dancing Shadow may also need more time.
Are We There 100-1 (10-11) Always behind, 12th of 13, 39l behind Jolly's Cracked It (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Dancing Shadow (IRE) Craigsteel gelding out of Be My Shadow.
Essteepee Double Trigger gelding out of Lamper's Light.
Flinstone (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Ld/disp, ld from 3rd & 1l adv 9th, pressed when fast jump 3out, hdd aftr 2out, 1l 2nd & no ex, mstk last, kow, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Lock Towers (11-9) at Cregg 3m ire ptp gf in Oct.
Harry Partridge With The Flow gelding out of Bizimki.
Piccadilly Circus King's Theatre gelding out of Disallowed.
Raging Bull (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Be My Belle.
Trickaway (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, soon tracking leaders, led after 2f, headed 13f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 18, 22l behind Carningli (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m NH flat (4) gs in Oct.
Wolfe Mountain (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) With leaders, led over 5f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 10, 37l behind Imagine The Chat (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m mdn nat hunt flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Mr Toy Boy Phoenix Reach gelding out of Toy Girl.