Shangani was placed over fences at Auteuil in 2010 and his third to Hazy Tom at Warwick last time wasn't a bad effort. He should be prominent here but useful hurdler Viva Colonia showed little on his debut over the larger obstacles at Wetherby and Sydney Paget suffered a heavy fall at Kelso in October and may need his confidence restoring. Zaru should improve for his sixth at Doncaster, however, while Inoogoo has been highly tried so far and will appreciate the easier grade but the versatile Los Nadis is jumping fences late in life and has been well beaten over hurdles this term. RUDEMEISTER looks a real chasing type and, though he will almost certainly improve on whatever he achieves today, could be worth risking on his reappearance as most of his rivals have a bit to prove at present.
Across The Tweed (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Towards rear, pushed along before 6th, tailed off, pulled up before last, in a race won by Streams Of Whiskey (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct, 7 ran.
Bolt From The Blue 4-1 (10-0) Whipped around at start and left well behind, soon caught up main group and raced keen towards rear, headway before 7th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, well behind One For Harry (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Inoogoo (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, led 3rd to 6th, close up, lost place 10th, behind from 3 out, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Captain Conan (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m nov chs Grade 2 (1) sft in Nov.
Los Nadis (GER) 12-1 (10-8) Prominent on outside, lost place 9th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 10, 29l behind Monetary Fund (10-13) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft.
Rudemeister (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, went 4th 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 10, 11l behind Malin Bay (10-11) at Ayr 3m nov hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Senor Alco (FR) 11-4 (12-0) In tch; rdn to ld 3 out; hdd cl home, 2nd of 5, hd behind Rapidolyte De Ladalka (12-0) at Corbridge 3m ptp gs in Apr.
Shangani (USA) 7-2 (11-1) Tracked winner, ridden before 2 out, lost 2nd last, no extra, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Hazy Tom (11-1) at Warwick 2m nov chs (3) sft in Nov.
Sydney Paget (IRE) 10-3fav (11-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd going well before 3 out, led 3 out, strongly pressed when blundered and headed last, no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Sixty Something (11-8) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Twentypoundluck (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, not fluent 9th, soon reminders, weakened from 4 out, 9th of 10, 49l behind Everaard (10-11) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jan '11.
Viva Colonia (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Always behind, 6th of 7, 40l behind Yurok (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs (3) sft in Dec.
Zaru (FR) 18-1 (11-2) Close up and keen, mistake 5 out, weakened from 3 out, 6th of 12, 33l behind Wiesentraum (11-2) at Doncaster 2m 3f beg chs (3) gs in Dec.