Todareistodo is interesting back over fences as he's been in fair form over hurdles. Gorgehous Liliege has a penalty for last week's victory here over a longer trip but is another with obvious claims while Truckers Benefit would probably be thereabouts with a clear round. Two of IRISH GUARD's three wins over fences have come here. He's sure to strip fitter for a recent comeback and, as he normally takes on stronger opposition than this, he gets a tentative vote at what could prove generous odds as Royale Knight looks to be in the handicapper's grip now.
Chapel House 25-1 (10-2) Led 2nd, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened before last, 6th of 11, 41l behind Moscow Chancer (10-9) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Irish Guard 12-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders in 4th, hit 6th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 9, well behind L'Eldorado (11-12) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Royale Knight 11-4 (11-9) Raced wide, chased leading pair, went 2nd 10th, remider after next, lost 2nd before hit 4 out, weakened before next, poor 4th when went left 3 out and pulled up, in a race won by Ukrainian Star (11-11) at Hereford 3m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) hvy, 7 ran.
Truckers Benefit (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) Held up in 5th, not fluent 1st, hampered 3rd, headway 9th, tracking leaders when brought down 4 out, in a race won by Armedanddangerous (11-12) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft, 6 ran.
Todareistodo 4-1 (11-7) Held up, headway approaching 5th, went 2nd briefly after 3 out, no extra before hit next, went modest 4th towards finish, 4th of 11, 11l behind Home Run (10-10) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl (3yo+) (5) sft.
Gorgehous Lliege (FR) 5-2fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, challenged towards stands side rail next, switched right between last 2, ridden to lead flat, kept on, won at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy beating Gers Benefit (10-13) by 6l, 6 ran.
The Good Guy (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Led, ridden and headed 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 34l behind Who Owns Me (11-7) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Top Benefit (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, 6th and in touch when brought down 3 out, in a race won by Topaze Collonges (11-11) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) hvy, 8 ran.