Ashbrittle was a stayer on the Flat but hasn't shown a great deal so far this year. Henok has to go on the short-list as he was beaten less than two lengths when third at Warwick last month, while Big Easy stepped up on his debut effort when fifth at Exeter last time. Alesandro Mantegna has won twice over fences but his recent efforts don't inspire confidence so we'll take a chance on the once-raced CHARM SCHOOL. A very useful handicapper on the Flat for John Gosden, the six-year-old was having his first run for almost two years when unplaced in a Grade 2 at Chepstow last month. Considering he was too keen, that wasn't a bad performance and he'll be a lot straighter now.
Alesandro Mantegna (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) Mid-division, headway 4th, challenged next, led 11th, soon headed, weakened 2 out, mistake last, 7th of 12, 32l behind Work Boy (11-3) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Ashbrittle (9-1) 8th of 16, 9l behind Tac De Boistron (9-1) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 7f Listed stks (1) hvy in Nov (flat).
Big Easy (GER) 12-1 (10-9) Rear of mid-division, plugged on from 2 out, went modest 5th flat, 5th of 15, 19l behind Knight Pass (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Charm School 25-1 (11-0) Pulled hard, soon prominent, led 4th, headed next, lost place 5 out, 8th of 12, well behind Fingal Bay (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Oct.
Classic Euro (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Tracked winner, pushed along 6f out, weakened over 4f out, last of 5, 50l behind Ashes House (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) sft in Nov.
Heavenstown (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, weakened before 2 out, 8th of 15, well behind Ballyrock (11-0) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Henok (FR) 10-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders next, hit last, went 3rd soon after, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Sole Survivor (10-12) at Warwick 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Jumps Road 25-1 (10-12) Prominent, mistake 2nd, disputing 2nd when not fluent 3 out, fell soon after, in a race won by Golden Gael (10-5) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct, 15 ran.
Megabill (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up, always towards rear, 12th of 15, well behind Golden Gael (10-5) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Quix 28-1 (10-12) Jumped right, took keen hold, tracked winner until 4th, hit next, chased leadfing pair until before 4 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 5th of 6, 47l behind Court In Session (11-6) at Ascot 2m nh nov hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Velator 50-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, slightly hampered 1st, never dangerous, 10th of 14, well behind Magnifique Etoile (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs.
Western Kate (IRE) 125-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Tarbeck (10-12) at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft.