Kealigolane won over 3m here last month but Barry Murtagh's grey is equally effective over this shorter distance. Mr Moonshine was an excellent third in the Becher Chase at Aintree last time and will be thereabouts if that hasn't taken too much out of him but VIVA COLONIA must also be a factor taking a huge drop in class having taken on Sire De Grugy and company in the Tingle Creek last month. A dual course and distance winner early last year, the top weight had Mr Moonshine behind when third in a Grade 2 at Aintree in the autumn and is only a pound worse off today. Upsilon Bleu looks the pick of Pauline Robson's two runners and rates a bigger danger than Quito Du Tresor and Bar De Ligne.
Viva Colonia (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) In rear, modest 8th 7th, never on terms, tailed off, 6th of 9, 32l behind Sire De Grugy (11-7) at Sandown 2m Grade 1 chs (4yo+) (1) gd in Dec.
Upsilon Bleu (FR) 9-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway before 10th, led 5 out, headed 4 out, every chance 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 11, 13l behind Cantlow (11-5) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Nov.
Mr Moonshine (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) Held up, headway 3rd, hit next, 3rd and one pace from 2 out, closed approaching elbow, stayed on without being able to challenge, 3rd of 22, 2 3/4l behind Chance Du Roy (10-6) at Aintree 3m 2f hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Dec.
Full Jack (FR) 66-1 (11-2) Always in rear, struggling from 8th, 9th of 11, 45l behind Cantlow (11-5) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Nov.
Sleep In First (FR) 16-1 (10-12) In touch, blundered 3rd, weakened next, hampered last, 7th of 13, 25l behind Bogside (11-0) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Kealigolane (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Made all, ridden before 2 out, kept on well, won at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Dec beating Storming Gale (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 4 ran.
Quito Du Tresor (FR) 11-4 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led 7th, headed before 4 out, ridden and one pace after next, kept on flat, no impression, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Claragh Native (10-4) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Bar De Ligne (FR) 3-1 (11-8) In rear, not fluent 1st, jumped right and slowly next, pushed along 7th, headway on outside 11th, 3rd and no impression 3 out, weakened before next, 3rd of 6, 36l behind Funny Star (11-1) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (4) gd in Nov.