The going is a bit of a worry for both Monty's Revenge and Manadam, though the pair are capable of playing a part on their best form and the latter is quite lightly-raced over fences. Von Galen is a C&D winner and wasn't disgraced in decent company over 2m6f here last time but KILCASCAN may be worth another chance despite finishing well beaten when second here last time. he won at Uttoxeter in October when the ground was also very testing. Destined For Fame has an alternative engagement at Fontwell.
Monty's Revenge (IRE) 13-2 (10-10) Raced wide, not fluent, chased leaders, reminder after 6th, not fluent and dropped to rear 9th, ridden and struggling 11th, tailed off, 5th of 7, 28l behind Bishophill Jack (11-12) at Towcester 2m 6f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Kilcascan 7-2 (11-5) In rear and in touch, went 2nd before 7th, pushed along before 13th, mistake 11th, ridden before 4 out, no chance with winner from 3 out, 2nd of 4, 36l behind Billybo (10-0) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.
Manadam (FR) 9-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, slow 3rd, soon mid-division, hit 6th, soon weakened, 6th of 10, well behind Elegant Olive (11-3) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.
Von Galen (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) Led, ridden and headed soon after 3 out, lost 2nd approaching next, 3rd and held when stumbled 2 out, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Bishophill Jack (11-12) at Towcester 2m 6f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Destined For Fame (IRE) 28-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, badly outpaced from 5th, went distant 4th soon after 13th, tailed off when left 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 6, well behind Wild Ground (10-6) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.