Zhukov has never won off a mark this high but arrives off the back of a morale-boosting victory at Fontwell. Kevin Tork will also be hopeful of a big run from Upton Mead but it's hard to make a case for the Paul Henderson pair Amaury De Lusignan and Minella Ranger. KING OZZY is potentially well treated back over fences and could pop up in a weak race with Full Ov Beans struggling to get his head back in front off similar marks lately.
Upton Mead (IRE) 12-1 (9-13) Disputed lead, led briefly 4th and again 10th, went right and mistake next, led narrowly before 3 out until 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Beforeall (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
King Ozzy (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, pushed along in 4th after 10th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, 40l behind Mistral Reine (11-2) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Dec.
Zhukov (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Chased leading trio, pushed along throughout, awkward jump 5th, outpaced next, left in 6 lengths 2nd after the last, closed on idling leader to lead close home, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec beating Morestead (10-13) by 1l, 4 ran.
Amaury De Lusignan (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Led until 5th, chased leaders, weakened approaching 8th, tailed off, 7th of 14, 46l behind Cash Injection (10-7) at Exeter 2m 5f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Minella Ranger (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leading pair, lost place 3 out, soon ridden and behind, no chance with leaders from next, 4th of 5, 15l behind Safferano (11-10) at Fakenham 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Full Ov Beans 16-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, mistake 7th, headway 4 out, chased winner next, weakened 2 out, 3rd of 13, 10l behind Doheny Bar (10-8) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.