Tough Talkin Man is still chasing a first victory over fences after 17 attempts and will probably find at least one too good again. Kayalar may have stamina limitations while Santo Thomas got no further than the sixth on his chasing bow and may be in need of a confidence-booster. Roses Legend hasn't exactly pulled up any trees so far and LE PERGOLESE makes more appeal. Not for the first time, he didn't stay 3m last time but was second over this sort of trip at Towcester earlier.
Santo Thomas (FR) 10-3 (11-12) Towards rear, blundered and unseated rider 6th, in a race won by Flichity (9-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May, 6 ran.
Tough Talkin Man (IRE) 5-2fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders halfway, ridden to challenge 2 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 6, 12l behind Five Star Wilsham (11-8) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in May.
Kayalar (IRE) 5-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway before and blundered 4 out, kept on well before last, went 3rd place towards finish, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Another Flutter (11-7) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Roses Legend 66-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, outpaced before 8th, went poor 4th before 2 out, went 3rd run-in, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 6, 36l behind Top Wood (10-12) at Towcester 2m 6f nov chs (4) gd in May.
Stafford Charlie 11-2 (10-4) Towards rear, ridden after 8th, 5th 2 out, went 4th flat, never in contention, 4th of 9, 17l behind Alderbrook Lad (11-4) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Aug.
Le Pergolese (FR) 10-1 (10-6) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, went 3rd before 2 out, one pace, 4th of 10, 17l behind Playing The Field (11-9) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in May.
Bob Will (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, lost place when not fluent 3rd, closed when not fluent 5th, outpaced appproaching 3 out, weakened before last, 5th of 13, 19l behind Wintered Well (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Dec.
Jim Job Jones 20-1 (10-0) Chased leader, led 2nd until appproaching next, chasing leader when blundered badly and rider lost irons 7th, soon pulled up, in a race won by One For The Boss (9-7) at Ffos Las 2m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in May, 8 ran.
Celtic Fella (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) With leaders, lost place 14th, behind from 17th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Phoenix Des Mottes (9-9) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Dec, 8 ran.