Despite a penalty, ROUGE ET BLANC should take all the beating here if replicating his winning return to action at Folkestone eight days ago. Gougane is back over fences after a spell hurdling but probably needs further and Topthorn couldn't justify favouritism off today's mark at Ludlow last time. Full Ov Beans has lost his way but Rebel High should be pressing for a place again and there is probably more to come from Denali Highway over fences. He's preferred to Theodore Lamb of the remainder.
Arthur's Pass 10-1 (11-0) Blundered first, in touch in rear, ridden 7th, soon weakened, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Majala (11-0) at Taunton 2m beg chs (3) sft in Nov, 7 ran.
Gougane (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Prominent, led 2nd until 4th, led next, headed when mistake 2 out, one pace last, 5th of 11, 8l behind Bosamcliff (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Theodore Lamb 5-1 (11-10) Held up in touch, in rear from 4th, weakened before 3 out and tailed off, pulled up before last, in a race won by Be Definite (11-9) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Denali Highway (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up, behind from 6th, 5th of 7, 26l behind Act Of Kalanisi (11-0) at Leicester 2m nov chs (3) gd in Nov.
Topthorn 6-4fav (10-9) Led until 8th, every chance when blundered badly 4 out, not recover and soon well held by leaders, 4th of 6, 26l behind Drumshambo (11-10) at Ludlow 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Rouge Et Blanc (FR) 10-3fav (11-9) Tracked leaders on inside going well, went 2nd before 2 out, challenged 2 out, led between last 2, soon clear, very easily, won at Folkestone 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd beating Flowerbud (10-5) by 7l, 9 ran.
Rebel High (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) With leader until before 5th, in 3rd and ridden before 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Morestead (11-12) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.
Full Ov Beans 10-1 (11-5) Held up, mistake 2nd, fell 4th, in a race won by Rouge Et Blanc (11-9) at Folkestone 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd, 9 ran.
I Can Run Can You (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, some headway before 7th, lost place before next, behind 9th, tailed off, 6th of 12, well behind Giveitachance (10-8) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.