RIVAL D'ESTRUVAL is bred to jump fences and should have more to offer. He was no match for Bold Sir Brian at Carlisle last month but the winner scored again at Sandown on Friday and Pauline Robson's novice faces nothing of his calibre here. Saphir River may struggle to last home over this trip on this stiff track while Hexham winner Papamoa appears to have plenty to find on the form book. The others have little to recommend them.
Papamoa 6-5fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 9th, led next, headed before 11th, regained lead 2 out, clear before last, won at Hexham 3m 1f Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) sft in Nov beating Borderhopper (10-10) by 31l, 5 ran.
Rival D'estruval (FR) 10-11fav (10-8) Tracked leaders, ridden before 2 out, held in 3rd before last, kept on to take 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 8l behind Bold Sir Brian (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 4f chs (2) hvy in Nov.
Saphir River (FR) 10-1 (11-9) Always behind, 14th of 16, dis behind Trustan Times (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Nov.
And The Man 3-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, in 3rd when quickly pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Wyse Hill Teabags (11-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar '11, 15 ran.
Snooze N You Lose 100-1 (11-2) Behind, struggling 8th, tailed off when pulled up before 10th, in a race won by Aneyeforaneye (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Sep, 8 ran.