Magical Legend deserves to get his head in front following a string of consistent performances but may have to settle for a place at best again behind Lawney Hill's SARAHS GIFT, who can bounce back to winning ways having found trouble behind Macs Lad at Plumpton last time. Scots Dragoon has been a good servant to Nicky Henderson over the years but disappointed on his reappearance last month and of more interest may be Charlie Longsdon's Mister Watzisname, who was going well before falling at Towcester recently. Kim Bailey's Sonny Mullen made a promising reappearance at Ffos Las last month and has every chance racing off just a 1lb higher mark today but preference is just for Sarahs Gift.
Appleaday (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Himalayan Trail (11-7) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Apr, 16 ran.
Scots Dragoon 8-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, blundered and lost place 15th, behind from 3 out, 11th of 18, 42l behind Quattrocento (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Fit To Drive 14-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, outpaced 11th, hampered 3 out, weakened approaching next, 4th of 8, 27l behind Minella Theatre (11-12) at Stratford 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Magical Legend 6-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway after 8th, led after 13th, headed last, one pace flat, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Cape Tribulation (10-12) at Hexham 3m 1f nov chs (3) gs in Oct.
Sonny Mullen (IRE) 5-2 (11-1) Held up in touch, left 2nd approaching 9th, led next, jumped right 3 out, ridden when not fluent 3 out, soon headed, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Cappagh (11-4) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Mister Watzisname (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 9th, fell next, in a race won by Ammunition (11-4) at Towcester 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct, 9 ran.
Verasi 14-1 (10-6) Mid-division, not fluent 3rd, no chance before 4 out, 9th of 15, well behind Razor Royale (11-1) at Cheltenham 3m am hcp chs 0-140 (2) gs in Nov '09.
Silver Bay 18-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led narrowly approaching 4th, hit 8th, hit and headed 13th, blundered 5 out, weakened after next, hit 3 out, 4th of 5, 37l behind Swincombe Rock (11-8) at Huntingdon 3m nov chs (3) gd in Oct.
Sarahs Gift (IRE) 13-8fav (11-7) In rear, headway approaching 14th, soon pushed along, held when left 2nd after 3 out until next, no impression, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Macs Lad (10-7) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Oct.
Antonius Caesar (FR) 3-1 (10-8) Close up, mistake 7th and droped to rear, tailed off 10th, scrambled over 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Sporting Rebel (10-7) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct, 5 ran.