Lets Get Serious looked a natural chaser when scoring on his debut at Doncaster but this is a big ask under top weight. Blenheim Brook was only beaten a neck over 3m here last time but has gone up 4lb since and this looks a better race. Niceonefrankie has struggled to match last season's exploits so far this term but should be winning soon and makes more appeal than Bocciani and Eurohunter, while this may be too competitive for course specialist Red Tanber. SWIFT ARROW may be up the task, however, as he's improving at a rate of knots and should appreciate the extra half-mile as he won over 3m between the flags. His defeat of Hazy Tom here last time looks very decent form.
Lets Get Serious (IRE) 11-4 (11-1) Tracked leader, led before 3 out, soon clear, eased towards finish, won at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (4) sft in Nov beating Rick (11-1) by 8l, 6 ran.
Blenheim Brook (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Held up in touch, headway to go 2nd before 11th, led 4 out, ridden after last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 14, nk behind Isla Pearl Fisher (10-12) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Dec.
Niceonefrankie 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd and not fluent 7th, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 6, 14l behind Current Event (11-1) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Swift Arrow (IRE) 11-2 (11-6) In rear, headway 4 out, ridden before 2 out, went 2nd before last, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec beating Hazy Tom (11-11) by nk, 10 ran.
Bocciani (GER) 50-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden and lost place before 3 out, 10th of 12, 19l behind Yesyoucan (10-12) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Eurohunter (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) In touch, ridden 6th, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Saphir River (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m beg chs (4) sft in Nov, 14 ran.
Red Tanber (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, reminders before 5 out, never dangerous, 7th of 10, 36l behind Swift Arrow (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.