NEMETAN goes well fresh and has a surprisingly good strike rate over the larger obstacles. Back over fences for the first time since finishing second off a 5lb higher mark in March 2009, Victor Dartnall's 10-year-old can come out on top in this. Take A Mile continues to disappoint while the handicapper looks to have a grip on Princely Hero and the potentially well-treated Nostringsattached appears to be going backwards. Morenito and Double Chocolate are less exposed, however, and could figure if their long absences don't count against them.
Nemetan (FR) 4-1 (11-9) Mid-division, jumped right 2nd, hit 6th, effort after 3 out, hit 2 out, weakened approaching last, 9th of 18, 41l behind Oscar's Ballad (11-2) at Perth 3m am hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Take A Mile (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) In rear, mistake 5th, struggling 7th, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Rio Gael (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-140 (2) gd in Sep.
Princely Hero (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Led before 2nd, headed after 7th, lost touch approaching 10th, pulled up after, in a race won by Snake Charmer (10-1) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Sep, 10 ran.
Nostringsattached (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) In rear, mistake 2nd, improved 12th, ridden and weakened 4 out, 7th of 8, well behind Justabout (10-12) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Morenito (FR) 10-1 (11-10) Held up in 4th, went 3rd 7th, went 2nd 11th, led next, clear approaching 3 out, very easily, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Aug '10 beating Winning Show (10-9) by 15l, 7 ran.
Double Chocolate 10-1 (11-2) Led until headed before 4 out, weakened soon after, left poor 4th next, 4th of 5, 20l behind Diamond Brook (11-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.