Un Anjou only won by a length at Warwick on Sunday and has picked up a 7lb penalty while Edlomond's victory at Towcester was in a claiming hurdle and he's not shown a great deal over fences so far. This may be an insufficient test of stamina for Warwick runner-up Sonofagun on the ground, though he could run on into a place. BERTIE'S DESIRE left his chasing debut well behind when second at Huntingdon. Any further improvement should see him tough to beat here as The Last Night has a lengthy absence to overcome and Fitandproperjob looks thoroughly exposed.
Sonofagun (FR) 10-1 (11-7) Held up in mid-division, headway 11th, chasing leaders and every chance when hit 3 out, chased winner soon after, ridden and hampered on inside on bend before 2 out, mistake last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Alpancho (11-12) at Warwick 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Un Anjou (FR) 11-2 (10-9) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 6th, led before 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on well, won at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs beating Mr Muddle (11-5) by 1l, 10 ran.
Mister Bricolage (IRE) 100-1 (10-13) Behind, struggling 4 out, never dangerous, 14th of 19, 31l behind Quick Jack (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Edlomond (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, effort on outside approaching 2 out, soon challenged, ridden to lead last, kept on flat, won at Towcester 2m clm hdl (5) gs in Nov beating Flying Phoenix (10-2) by 3l, 9 ran.
The Last Night (FR) 7-2fav (11-8) Tracked leaders on outside, switched right after 2 out, no extra last, 8th of 13, 12l behind Drumlang (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct '12.
Bertie's Desire 13-8fav (10-4) Led until after 1st, chased leader, mistake 6th, hit 8th, outpaced before 2 out, rallied and went 2nd flat, unable to trouble winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Arkaim (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.
Fitandproperjob 11-10fav (11-3) Tracked leading pair, mistake 2nd, went 2nd 4 out, ridden and outpaced after 2 out, kept on same pace in 3rd before last, no impression flat, 3rd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Carobello (11-3) at Fakenham 2m cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gs in Nov.