This looks between Savant Bleu and SHOCKINGTIMES. Of similar ability over hurdles, it worked out that way over fences too with Charlie Mann's charge finishing just ahead of the former when runner-up at Taunton last month. He gets the nod to confirm running on only his second start over fences. Mariinsky and Xenophon make their chasing debuts and may well figure if taking to the larger obstacles as neither Arbeo or Tricky Tree have shown much so far.
Arbeo (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Led, joined 9th, blundered and unseated rider 11th, in a race won by Broadbackbob (11-1) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov chs (3) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Mariinsky (GER) 10-1 (11-4) In touch in mid-division, not fluent, headway 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 4th of 10, 7l behind Sail And Return (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Savant Bleu (FR) 2-1fav (11-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led after 3rd, not fluent 10th, ridden and headed last, lost 2nd place towards finish when no extra, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Mabel Tasman (10-10) at Taunton 2m 7f beg chs (4) gd in Nov.
Shockingtimes (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Close up, outpaced after 4 out, headway before next, kept on to take 2nd place towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Mabel Tasman (10-10) at Taunton 2m 7f beg chs (4) gd in Nov.
Tricky Tree (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Close up early, in touch 3rd, reminders 9th, ridden and outpaced 3 out, 5th of 7, 27l behind Alpine Breeze (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
Xenophon 8-1 (10-10) In touch, headway 7th, ridden to lead narrowly next, headed run in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Westlin' Winds (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 3f clm hdl (5) sft in Nov.