Montoya's Son has already won over fences at Carlisle and was still in contention when unseating his rider at Wetherby last week. He looks sure to go close with a clear round, but MAJESTIC MAYHEM is just preferred. George Moore's winning hurdler scored at the first time of asking over fences at Sedgefield last month and normal improvement can see him go in again. It's difficult to make a serious case for any of the remainder though Kyathos has been placed twice in chases and is less exposed than The Green Hat and The Iron Giant.
Majestic Mayhem (IRE) 13-8fav (11-0) Tracked leader, led briefly after 6th, clear with leader from 9th, led 12th, clear 14th, pushed out flat, comfortably, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f beg chase (4) gd in May beating Pontop (11-0) by 7l, 8 ran.
Montoya's Son (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Tracked leader, hit 5th, not fluent next, hit 12th and unseated rider, in a race won by Wake Board (11-5) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in May, 4 ran.
Kyathos (GER) 25-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, ridden 8th, weakened next, 4th of 7, 48l behind Rio Gael (11-0) at Fakenham 2m beg chase (4) gf in May.
Sam Hall (FR) 100-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 9th halfway, weakened 4 out, 18th of 19, well behind White Star Line (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Still Calm 33-1 (10-12) Pulled hard in touch, chased leader 3rd, mistake next, under pressure 3 out, faded, 5th of 6, 36l behind Mister Wall Street (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nov chs (4) gf in Apr.
The Green Hat (IRE) 11-1 (10-1) Mid-division, lost place 3rd, behind when mistake next, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up before 9th, in a race won by Nifty Roy (10-6) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd in May, 14 ran.
The Iron Giant (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, mistake 4 out, weakened next, rallied approaching last, moderate 3rd, 3rd of 4, 19l behind Hi Tide (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nov chs (4) gf in May.