A Grade 3 winner over hurdles, Trustan Times can race off a lower mark on his first start over fences since 2012. But he's yet to win in heavy ground and Maggio is another who may struggle in the going. BENVOLIO got no further than the first fence on his chasing bow but made amends at Newbury last time when beating the favourite, Midnight Prayer, a couple of lengths. Paul Nicholls' charge is taken to continue his progress in this given Rival D'estruval failed to complete either of his two outings in 2013 and has something to prove now. Fill The Power was rated 16lb higher at this time last year but hasn't raced since April.
Rival D'estruval (FR) 8-1fav (11-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 2nd, pushed along after 9th, blundered 15th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Godsmejudge (11-3) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 24 ran.
Benvolio (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) With leader, awkward 6th, led 11th, mistake and headed 3 out, pressed leader and soon ridden, led again next, driven and stayed on well to assert flat, won at Newbury 3m (3) gs in Dec beating Midnight Prayer (10-11) by 2l, 7 ran.
Fill The Power (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Mid-division, outpaced before 19th, ridden after 5 out, plugged on from 3 out, never dangerous, 5th of 24, 17l behind Godsmejudge (11-3) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr.
Maggio (FR) 9-2 (10-12) Held up in touch, chased leaders 3rd, every chance 2 out, kept on run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Kruzhlinin (11-4) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov.
Trustan Times (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Held up, close up 3rd, chased leader 4 out, outpaced by first two from last, 3rd of 9, 22l behind Kaki De La Pree (10-6) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec.