BEEVES has leading claims both on today's terms and recent form. He went agonisingly close at Aintree last time having won at Carlisle on his chasing debut and looks the one to beat. Coverholder has plenty to find on official figures with the selection despite scoring nicely at Sedgefield last month but Talkin Sence looks to have a decent chance at the weights. The latter won over these fences last time and makes more appeal than Little Glenshee, who would prefer more testing conditions.
Beeves (IRE) 7-2 (11-8) Led, ridden before 3 out, pressed last, stayed on, headed towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Shutthefrontdoor (11-3) at Aintree 2m 4f nov chs (3) gd in Oct.
Coverholder (IRE) 3-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, led before 5 out, ridden clear after 2 out, ran on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov beating Atlanta Falcon (11-4) by 8l, 6 ran.
Attycran (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear and in touch, ridden after 5 out in 3rd, no impression, 3rd of 5, 18l behind Indian Castle (11-2) at Wetherby 3m 1f beg chs (4) gs in Nov.
Our Ollie (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Mid-division early, progress to be close up before 5th, led approaching next, travelling well and clear before 2 out, reduced lead and headed at last, kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Sorted (11-4) at Sligo 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in May '12.
Standintheband (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Led until 4 out, gradually weakened, 5th of 7, 27l behind Drop Out Joe (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Talkin Sence (IRE) 15-8fav (10-1) Tracked leaders on outer, went 2nd before 5th, led 2 out, kept on, driven out, won at Kelso 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Nov beating Bishops Heir (10-5) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Little Glenshee (IRE) 5-6fav (11-2) Led, ridden and not fluent 2 out, mistake last, soon headed, no extra, 2nd of 3, 6l behind Rockawango (11-5) at Carlisle 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Nov.