Only 5lb separates the field on official ratings. No Panic divided a couple of poor efforts with a win at Plumpton in September and I'm The Decider has similar recent form winning at Stratford in between a couple of distinctly modest efforts. CHAC DU CADRAN didn't fare too badly on his chasing debut at Wetherby and, with that experience under his belt, he gets a speculative vote to find the necessary improvement. O Crotaigh won at this track back in March but returned to action in woeful form last month.
O Crotaigh (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Led to 7th, tracked leaders, lost place 11th, soon behind, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Rebel Swing (10-13) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct.
Prophete de Guye (FR) 33-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, chased leaders 4 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression, 7th of 12, 19l behind Alvarado (11-9) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
Chac Du Cadran (FR) 7-1 (11-4) Led to 3rd, in touch, hit 8th, driven and lost place after 5 out, no chance with leaders from next, 5th of 9, 24l behind African Broadway (11-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) gs in Oct.
I Need A Hero (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, struggling 15th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Hunters Lodge (10-9) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Oct, 17 ran.
Rossmore Lad (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, struggling 11th, weakened 4 out, soon behind and pulled up, in a race won by African Broadway (11-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) gs in Oct, 9 ran.
I'm The Decider (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Towards rear, soon ridden along, closed 6th, jumped left 9th, outpaced by front trio from 15th, jumped left 4 out, 5th of 14, 22l behind Armenian Boy (11-7) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
No Panic (IRE) 18-1 (11-7) Held up, mistake 1st, ridden before 12th, behind 14th, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Armenian Boy (11-7) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.