Explained couldn't match the pace of Lac Sacre at Ffos Las but that was over the minimum trip and the extra here will suit. He looks sure to go well but it's difficult to make a case for Desgrey as he's still a maiden and been beaten a long way on his last couple of starts. Deciding Moment created a surprise when scoring at Wincanton but hasn't done as well subsequently while Walkabout Creek has disappointed so far over fences and needs to get back to his hurdling form. Tour D'Argent has yet to score over fences so by process of elimination the vote goes to STAIGUE FORT, who is making his debut over fences but looks well enough treated on the balance of his form over timber.
Walkabout Creek (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) 4th of 5, 39l behind Western Warhorse (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (3) gs in Jan.
Staigue Fort 22-1 (11-6) Held up, never dangerous, 12th of 17, 40l behind Heronry (11-2) at Ascot 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Deciding Moment (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) In rear, headway before 4 out, chased leaders when badly hampered and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Diocles (11-8) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs, 8 ran.
Tour D'argent (FR) 16-1 (11-4) Held up, ridden and some headway after 11th, weakened before 4 out, 7th of 9, well behind Daymar Bay (10-11) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Mar.
Explained (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Led, ridden before 3 out, headed when mistake last, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Lac Sacre (11-10) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
Desgrey 11-4 (11-12) Tracked leader, with leader 2nd, pushed along before 4 out, ridden before 3 out, weakened 2 out, 3rd of 6, 28l behind Work Boy (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.