River D'Or is more likely to run at Towcester which is a surprise as he's 16lb lower than when gaining his latest victory over this track and trip in 2012. Ballyvoneen is another with a chance if taking his place though he's engaged at Market Rasen. Princely Hero does most of his racing on this track where he plods around in his own time though he has a tremendous record of completing the course. Alteranthela was runner-up in a four-runner race here last month when the remaining pair departed the scene so the vote goes to CYPRESS GROVE, whose three career victories have come on this track and is on the same mark as when scoring over the trip in June of last year.
River D'or (FR) 11-2 (10-1) Led to 3rd, chased leaders, weakened from 10th, pulled up, in a race won by Major Malarkey (11-5) at Exeter 4m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd, 12 ran.
Princely Hero (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, soon pushed along, lost place 8th, behind after next, 5th of 7, 36l behind Midnight Charmer (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Cypress Grove (IRE) 9-1 (11-8) Led, mistake and headed 5th, slow next, mistake 8th, hit 10th, weakened 4 out, rallied 2 out, modest 3rd, 3rd of 7, 29l behind Midnight Charmer (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Ballyvoneen (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 2nd, mistake next, hit 13th, mistake 19th, struggling from next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Soudain (10-13) at Huntingdon 3m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Regal Park (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th ridden before next, went right 5th, no chance after, 4th of 5, 36l behind Pendra (11-7) at Lingfield 2m nov chs (4) hvy in Nov.
Alteranthela (IRE) 7-4fav (11-12) Led until before 2nd, tracked leader after, not fluent 6th, shaken up and 3 lengths down 3 out, closed 2 out, ridden and challenged last, stayed on, held close home, 2nd of 4, nk behind Volio Vincente (10-12) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Tara Tavey (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Last pair and pushed along at times, mistake 3rd, pecked and ridden 6th, tailed off 13th, left poor 4th 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 9, well behind Glenwood Prince (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov.
According To Them (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Behind, headway under pressure 5 out, chased leaders 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 13, 25l behind Doheny Bar (10-8) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.