Ammunition just got the better of Prophete De Guye over C&D last time but is 5lb higher in the weights today. He was also a long way behind NOUN DE LA THINTE over a similar trip on heavy ground at Lingfield last season. Venetia Williams' mare did nothing wrong on her latest start at Newbury when making the in-form Sarde pull out all the stops and can open her account for the season here. Rustarix unseated his rider in that Newbury race but had won at Cheltenham earlier and can't be ignored, while Bobby Gee won over a longer trip at Lingfield last time and is another to consider. Rate Of Knots should strip fitter for an outing at Bangor and may be the pick of the remainder.
Bible Lord (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Towards rear, reminders 7th, hit 8th, struggling from 9th, 7th of 15, 48l behind Mount Oscar (10-11) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Nov.
Nostringsattached (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Towards rear, lost touch 10th, tailed off 12th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Buffalo Bob (11-6) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov, 11 ran.
Noun De La Thinte (FR) 8-1 (11-1) Took keen hold, hit 1st, chased leaders, went 2nd 11th, hit next, led 16th, ridden and headed 3 out, dropped to 3rd last, rallied well flat to regain 2nd last 100 yards, not able to reach winner, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Sarde (11-2) at Newbury 3m 2f am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Rustarix (FR) 6-1 (11-4) Held up in rear until unseated rider 13th, in a race won by Sarde (11-2) at Newbury 3m 2f am hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov, 11 ran.
Theophrastus (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Prominent on outer and keen, lost place 8th, mistake 12th, never dangerous, 7th of 14, 24l behind Regal Approach (10-11) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-130 (4) gs in Nov.
Double Eagle 9-2 (10-10) Led until after 1st, prominent, led 12th until 13th, stayed challenging, led 4 out until 3 out,stayed challenging, stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 9, 3l behind Wind Instrument (11-0) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Bobby Gee 3-1 (11-9) Made all, hit 9th, kept on well from 3 out, drew away towards finish, unchallenged, won at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Nov beating Aztec Treasure (11-1) by 5l, 5 ran.
Rate of Knots (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, moderate headway 4 out, soon no impression, 6th of 11, 48l behind Summery Justice (11-9) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Lorum Leader (IRE) 4-1 (11-3) Mistake 1st, tracked leaders in 4th, effort on outside 4 out, soon ridden and outpaced, kept on same pace from next, no impression, 4th of 7, 11l behind Roseneath (11-3) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (3) sft in Nov.
The Vicar (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Hit 1st, led to 5th, led again before 8th to next, lost place 11th, outpaced 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 35l behind Buffalo Bob (11-6) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
Ammunition (IRE) 4-1fav (11-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7th, hampered 12th, switched left then right after 2 out, led flat, edged left, driven out, won at Towcester 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct beating Prophete De Guye (11-1) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Mr Big (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Chased leader until 8th, prominent, led 13th until before 17th, stayed close up until weakened after 3 out, 5th of 10, 24l behind Lacdoudal (10-10) at Cheltenham 3m 7f crs cntry chs (5yo+) (2) gs in Nov.