BRICK RED should be too good for these if taking to the larger obstacles as he was a very useful hurdler last season. He won enough times on soft ground to suggest he'll handle today's conditions. King Spirit hasn't been seen since making a winning start over fences at Uttoxeter in May but should be straight enough, though whether he'll be good enough to defy a penalty is another matter. Marcus Antonius has a chance on his second to Pendra at Lingfield in November but Tchang Goon is a modest maiden and Head Spin rarely looked like winning over timber and tackles fences for the first time.
King Spirit (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Made all, clear 2 out, stayed on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m beg chase (4) gd in May beating Harry Hunt (11-0) by 5l, 8 ran.
Brick Red 14-1 (11-4) Led, ridden and headed when mistake 3 out, mistake and weakened next, lost modest 3rd last, last of 4, 39l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-4) at Aintree 2m nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Apr.
Head Spin (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Mid-division, tracked leading pair 3 out, ridden and effort on inside next, kept on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Iconic Rose (11-5) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Dec.
Marcus Antonius 16-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, plugged on in 6th but never involved, 6th of 8, 29l behind Bellenos (11-5) at Ascot 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Tchang Goon (FR) 33-1 (10-0) Behind, never a factor, tailed off, 7th of 13, well behind Doheny Bar (10-8) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.