Ballyoliver won on his chasing bow at Warwick last New Year's Eve and got back to winning ways at Market Rasen in April. But both of those victories were over shorter trips and he lacks a recent run unlike SATOU. Philip Hobbs' grey won at Sandown and Towcester last season and he'll be all the better for his recent second to Ballybough Gorta at Haydock - he should take all the beating here. Firebird Flyer was pulled up on his chasing bow but was a good second over hurdles at Chepstow subsequently and has more scope than Epee Celeste and Rockabilly. Bowntobebad is also unexposed and preferred to Nudge And Nurdle and Cullahill of the others.
Epee Celeste (FR) 100-1 (10-2) Tracked leader until 12th, ridden after next, weakend 2 out, 6th of 14, 31l behind Romanesco (10-5) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Rockabilly (FR) 25-1 (11-7) Held up in rear on outside, not fluent 1st, mistake and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Cool Operator (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft, 7 ran.
Firebird Flyer (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Raced wide, chased leader, led on bend after 5th, headed next, led again 8th, driven from 2 out, headed approaching last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Pocket Too (10-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft.
Bowntobebad (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) In rear, slow 3rd, ridden and headway approaching 3 out, plugged on to go remote 4th at last, 4th of 11, 30l behind Moscow Chancer (10-9) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs.
Ballyoliver 7-2fav (10-11) Prominent, challenged 3 out, led before 2 out, kept on strongly, won at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Apr beating Non Dom (11-4) by 5l, 8 ran.
Satou (FR) 3-1fav (11-2) Held up in rear, blundered 10th, mistake 12th, went 4th and mistake 4 out, went 3rd 2 out, chased winner from last, no impression, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Ballybough Gorta (11-2) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct.
Nudge And Nurdle (IRE) 3-1 (11-8) Held up, headway 10th, ridden after 4 out, weakened before next, 3rd of 5, 34l behind Double Chocolate (11-12) at Fontwell 3m 2f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-115) (4yo+) (4) gs in Oct.
Cullahill (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) With leader, led 6th, headed before and blundered 13th (water), weakened 6 out, pulled up before next, 3rd of 9, 30l behind Desperate Dex (11-7) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.