Victor Dartnall's horses are running well but Henry King continues to ruin his chances by pulling too hard. The Chazer has been raised 8lb for finishing second to Accorditolawrence at Exeter but Giles Hawkins' 5lb claim offsets a large chunk of that and Richard Lee's charge can't be ignored. Marleno won an arguably better race over C&D last month but may have enjoyed a fitness advantage over the majority of his rivals that day and is 8lb higher now. American Ladie is relatively unexposed and Switched Off was in good form in the autumn but BAN UISCE must be worth another chance after failing to stay a longer trip on heavy ground at Uttoxeter 10 days ago. He's already won over this C&D and is probably still on a decent mark.
Hail Caesar (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, closer in 2nd at 4th, ridden and weakened from 3 out, 8th of 15, 40l behind Sword Fish (9-11) at Listowel 2m 4yo hcp hdl gd in Sep.
Henry King (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, blundered 3rd, lost place after 7th, soon weakened and behind, pulled up 5 out, in a race won by Cadoudalas (11-8) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Marleno (GER) 20-1 (10-12) Held up well in rear, good headway on outside after 3 out, challenged and hit 2 out, led between last 2, ridden out, won at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Dec beating Dream Esteem (11-12) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
American Ladie 7-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders on inside, effort 2 out, soon chased leader, ridden approaching last, kept on, held flat, 2nd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Extremely So (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Kayfton Pete 5-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, took keen hold, tracked leaders halfway, led 4f out, ridden 2f out, soon headed, one pace, 3rd of 5, 12l behind Priceless Art (11-0) at Southwell 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4yo+) (AWT) (4) std in Dec.
The Chazer (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) In touch, headway to chase leaders after 4 out, narrow lead 3 out, soon joined, hung left before last, headed close home, 2nd of 16, nk behind Accordintolawrence (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Mariinsky (GER) 9-4fav (10-10) In touch on inside, effort to chase leading pair when not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace under pressure from next, no impression, lost 3rd flat, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Hadron Collider (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf in Jun.
Potemkin (USA) 33-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 6th of 10, 46l behind Den of Iniquity (11-0) at Southwell 2m Nat Hunt Flat (5yo+) (AWT) (4) std in Dec.
Posh Emily 16-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders and keen, hit 3rd, ridden and hit 3 out, chased winner before last, hung right and not quicken run-in, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Babilu (11-3) at Taunton 2m 1f mares hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Ban Uisce (IRE) 85-40fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and one pace from 3 out, 3rd of 11, 36l behind Supreme de Paille (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.
Switched Off 9-4 (11-11) Mid-division, headway after 6th, went 2nd approaching 2 out, led and hit last, carried head on one side and not keen flat, headed close home, 2nd of 14, hd behind Sheriff Hall (10-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Nov.
Sun Quest 11-2 (10-5) Disputed lead until advantage 5th, headed next, chased winner until before 2 out, soon ridden and beaten, left modest 4th last, 4th of 9, 13l behind Alph (11-5) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Nov.
Cortinas (GER) 6-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, headway approaching 5th, in 3rd when hampered and left 2nd at 6th, not fluent 3 out, ridden after 2 out, weakened from last, 3rd of 12, 8l behind If I Had Him (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f sell hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Nothing Is Forever (IRE) 15-2 (10-13) Led until ridden approaching 2 out, soon beaten, weakened before last, 5th of 9, 27l behind Pennellis (11-7) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Watch Out 12-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, headway 7th, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind I've Been Framed (11-10) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Nov.
Chilbury Hill (IRE) 11-1 (11-3) Hedl up in rear, well behind when mistake 8th, pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Inside Dealer (11-9) at Hereford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Nov, 12 ran.