Many of these are out of form but that certainly doesn't apply to EYRE SQUARE, who produced a fine round of jumping to land a Newcastle handicap a month ago. Keith Reveley doesn't send horses on the long journey south unless he believes they can win and the seven-year-old is progressing enough to beat much more experienced rivals. Leading Contender has had his share of problems but is a very useful chaser on his day. He hasn't been seen since runner-up to Don't Push It in the 2009 Topham Chase at Aintree but has gone well after a long break in the past. Nicto De Beauchene ended his last campaign in February where he scored over three miles from a 7lb lower mark. He ran poorly on his return at Carlisle but will be better for the outing and can get involved. Carrickmines jumps well and stays all day so he looks a threat with his low weight.
Nozic (FR) 50-1 (11-7) Chased leaders on outer, hit 7th, weakened before 5 out, pulled up after next, in a race won by Mount Oscar (10-11) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Nov, 15 ran.
Leading Contender (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Towards rear, headway 12th, chased leaders approaching 3 out, kept on to take 2nd run-in, 2nd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Don't Push It (10-11) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs (2) gs in Apr '09.
Lead On (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Towards rear, mistake 13th, modest headway from after 4 out, never in contention, tailed off, 6th of 17, 44l behind Midnight Chase (11-9) at Cheltenham 3m 3f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov.
West End Rocker (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Never travelling or jumping with any fluency, always in rear, ridden 12th, struggling and hit next, tailed off, 7th of 15, 47l behind Fortification (10-4) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-140 (2) gs in Dec '09.
Old Benny 8-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, mistake 8th, weakened from 15th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Gidam Gidam (11-0) at Doncaster 4m hcp chs 0-140 (2) gs in Feb, 16 ran.
Officier De Reserve (FR) 12-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, reminders approaching 6th, mistake 10th, soon weakened, pulled up before 14th, in a race won by Etxalar (10-10) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct, 15 ran.
Nicto De Beauchene (FR) 8-1 (11-3) Mid-division, weakened 6 out, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Etxalar (10-10) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Oct, 15 ran.
Cornish Sett (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Chased leaders until blundered and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Rustarix (9-13) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-140 (2) gd in Nov, 12 ran.
Zacharova (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Chased leaders until ridden not keen lost place and in rear 10th, blundered 12th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 16th, in a race won by Midnight Chase (11-9) at Cheltenham 3m 3f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov, 17 ran.
Scots Dragoon 12-1 (11-1) Led until 2nd, chased leaders until not fluent and slightly lost place 9th, hit 12th, chased leaders next until mistake and unseated rider 14th, in a race won by Sarde (11-2) at Newbury 3m 2f am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov, 11 ran.
Carrickmines (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 7th, smooth headway before 16th, chased leaders next, led travelling well 3 out, ridden before last, headed flat weakened to 3rd last 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Sarde (11-2) at Newbury 3m 2f am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Martys Mission (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, badly hampered 10th, some headway 4 out, went modest 5th towards finish, never in contntion, 5th of 11, 15l behind Sarde (11-2) at Newbury 3m 2f am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Eyre Square (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Always prominent, outpaced after 4 out, left 4 lengths 3rd last, ridden and rallied flat to lead final 75 yards, held on, won at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov beating Dallas Bell (10-12) by 3/4l, 11 ran.