Great's Autrechene has his first start for Venetia Williams having won a minor contest in the French provinces in April. He may need more time while Rebecca's Choice, Humbel Ben and Stoway usually find at least one too good. MASSINI SUNSET has also proved frustrating to follow in the past but Richard Mitchell's 11-year-old isn't badly treated on his best form and will enjoy the ground. With James Best taking off 7lb, he gets the nod though lightly-raced Towcester winner Valley View will be a danger with 10lb claimer Maurice Linehan on board again. Midnight Tuesday has some scope but Babe Heffron is too inconsistent and has never won off a mark this high.
Babe Heffron (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) In rear, weakened 7th, pulled up 5 out, in a race won by Oscar Gogo (10-9) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy, 15 ran.
Midnight Tuesday (FR) 3-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, effort 3 out, weakened approaching next, 5th of 10, 26l behind Street Dance (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m NH mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Valley View (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division on outside, smooth headway after 3 out, challenged last, led flat, pushed out, won at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov beating It's Like That (11-9) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Great's Autrechene (FR) (10-10) won at Moulins(FR) 2m 2f 4yo chs in Apr, 9 ran.
Rebeccas Choice (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Tracked leader until carried left before 4th, went 2nd approaching 10th until 11th, ridden after 13th, not fluent 4 out, left 2nd 2 out, stayed on flat to close on eased down winner towards finish, no impression, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Owen Glendower (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd in Nov.
Pocket Aces (IRE) 15-2 (11-3) Tracked leader until after 3 out, blundered 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 6, 13l behind Prince Du Seuil (11-9) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Massini Sunset (IRE) 22-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway 10th, soon chasing leaders, under pressure 4 out, stayed on approaching last, never able to challenge, 3rd of 15, 17l behind Oscar Gogo (10-9) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy.
Humbel Ben (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, mistake 8th, closed after 4 out, not much room briefly on bend approaching 2 out, 1 reminder in 6th before last, kept on and 1 more reminder to take 4th close home, never near to challenge, 4th of 12, 4l behind Dusky Bob (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Stoway (FR) 12-1 (11-11) Tracked leader, blundered 4th, soon lost place, mistake 7th, outpaced before 2 out, stayed on after last, never able to challenge, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Kilkenny All Star (11-8) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
The Grifter 12-1 (11-5) Soon led, joined when hit 3 out, driven and headed next, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression approaching last, 4th of 11, 19l behind Arrayan (10-5) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jan.
Solitary Palm (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, led 9th, hit 10th, ridden and headed when not fluent after 3 out, blundered last, kept on, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Mr Chow (11-5) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.