Course specialist EVERAARD is back over fences for the first time since scoring over C&D in January. He's 8lb higher now but is probably still the one to beat with Bob Will beaten off a lower mark at Newcastle last month and Eyre Apparent pulled up when last seen at Uttoxeter and possibly better over shorter distances. The trip could also be a problem for Angel Sun but D'Gigi is relatively unexposed and could play a part while Dusky Bob didn't fare badly over a longer trip at Haydock and will be staying on when others have cried enough.
Eyre Apparent (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Held up mid-division, blundered 3rd, soon lost place and in rear, tailed off and pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Noble Legend (11-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Nov, 7 ran.
Dusky Bob (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) In rear, pushed along before 4 out, headway 3 out, plugged on from next, 4th of 15, 4l behind Monsieur Cadou (10-0) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Everaard (USA) 4-1fav (11-12) Led, headed 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Everdon Brook (10-11) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
D'Gigi 20-1 (11-3) In rear and raced on outer, ridden 3 out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 7, 13l behind Honest John (11-12) at Doncaster 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Angel Sun (FR) 20-1 (10-13) Mid-division, pecked 2nd, pushed along before 9th, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 24l behind Civil Unrest (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd in Nov.
Bob Will (IRE) 5-1 (9-11) Led, pressed from 5 out, ridden and under pressure from 3 out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind Definite Appeal (10-7) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.