Mr Bachster is the obvious starting point here having won similar contests at Ludlow and Leicester this autumn. He's up another 7lb but a hat-trick isn't out of the question. Lodgician was second at Leicester off today's mark at the start of the month but is the senior runner here and giving weight to younger rivals who have the scope to be better over fences than hurdles. River Purple has the size to make a chaser but fell on his only previous try over fences at Southwell. MEIRIG'S DREAM has been struggling for pace over timber but has been second three times. He starts off on a reasonable mark and can land this ahead of Market Rasen winner Molko Jack, who is 9lb higher now.
Tiquer (FR) 33-1 (11-1) Held up in 5th, not fluent 1st, last from 10th, behind 12th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Al Alfa (11-9) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Sep, 6 ran.
Samtheman 12-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, lost place after 3 out, weakened between last 2, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Snuker (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Hand On Bach (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up, mistakes, ridden and lost touch after 9th, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Richmond (11-12) at Lingfield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Gospel Preacher 8-1 (11-8) Mid-division, jumped left and not fluent 9th, headway after 11th, ridden and weakening when blundered 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Days Of Pleasure (10-5) at Plumpton 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Nov, 7 ran.
Degenerate (FR) 66-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, mid-division when mistake 7th, well held after next, 10th of 17, 41l behind Mosspark (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Possibly Flora 40-1 (11-6) With leader, led 3rd, just headed when fell 3 out, in a race won by Carhue Princess (10-8) at Towcester 2m 5f (5) gs in Nov, 16 ran.
Lodgician (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leader, led 4 out, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Crescent Beach (11-3) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gf.
Lord Kennedy (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, pecked 7th, not fluent 9th, soon ridden, headway 4 out, no extra next, 4th of 9, 27l behind Classic Case (11-0) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Molko Jack (FR) 4-1 (10-6) In touch, chased leader 10th, led approaching 3 out, driven out flat, won at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov beating Hopeand (11-12) by 11l, 6 ran.
Browns Brook (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, well beaten 5th, tailed off, 8th of 15, well behind Royal Guardsman (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr.
Mr Bachster (IRE) 3-1 (10-10) Held up, headway 2nd, led after 11th, pressed last, ridden out, won at Leicester 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gf in Nov beating Tinelyra (10-10) by 1l, 8 ran.
River Purple 16-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced before 3 out, soon beaten, 5th of 16, 30l behind Portway Flyer (11-11) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Bold Tara 9-1 (9-6) Prominent, led before 2nd, headed after 4 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 14, 13l behind Lamblord (11-8) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Nov.
Meirig's Dream (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Held up mid-division, headway 4 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 5l behind Bathwick Junior (11-1) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov.
Ilewin Kim 9-1 (10-4) Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure 4 out, outpaced before next, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 14, well behind Harangue (10-13) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Aug.
Hero's Call 14-1 (10-0) In touch, lost place over 4f out, 10th of 11, well behind Fuzzy Logic (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.