Sainglend's recent second at Hereford entitles him to consideration, while Russe Blanc made a satisfactory start over hurdles with a third at Chepstow last month. Themilanhorse either needed the run or didn't last home over 2m7f at Stratford on his hurdling bow as he faded badly in the latter stages and should finish closer here. Tour D'Argent, Stormy Gale and Black Noddy are others to note on their first start over hurdles but a chance is taken on fellow hurdling debutant NO SUBSTITUTE, as he's shown ability in bumpers and trainer Alan King has won two of the last three renewals of this contest.
Black Noddy (IRE) 9-4fav (11-0) Held up behind, headway 5f out, effort to chase leader over 3f out to 1f out, driven and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Lucky Landing (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Nov '10.
Cecconi (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division of chasing group, went remote 4th before 2 out, never dangerous, 4th of 13, 24l behind Fox Appeal (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Civil Disobedience 1-2 (12-0) Hdwy 13; led app 2 out; rdn out, won at Andoversford 3m ptp gd in Apr '10 beating James Pine (12-7) by 3l, 4 ran.
El Distintivo (ARG) 16-1 (10-13) Jumped left 1st, chased leaders, hit 13th, weakened approaching 4 out, fell 3 out, in a race won by Holmwood Legend (11-3) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov '10, 7 ran.
No Substitute (IRE) 4-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon tracking leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 6l behind Make A Track (11-10) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Ransson (FR) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 5th briefly, ridden after 7th, weakened after 9th, 7th of 8, well behind Flemi Two Toes (10-9) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Rebel High (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Took keen hold, chased leaders, pushed along before 4 out, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 17, 28l behind Mac Beattie (11-3) at Warwick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Rich Buddy 10-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, plugged on one pace final 3f, 5th of 13, 37l behind Financial Climate (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) hvy in Nov.
Russe Blanc (FR) 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and one pace from last, 3rd of 15, 10l behind Lamps (11-0) at Chepstow 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Nov.
Sainglend 11-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, challenged after 2 out, no impression on winner when hit last, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Cotton Mill (10-7) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Stormy Gale (IRE) 11-4fav (11-0) Took keen hold, tracked leaders in 4th until shuffled back 10f out, headway on outside over 4f out, green edged right and weakened approaching final 2f, last of 10, 24l behind Population (10-9) at Ascot 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Themilanhorse (IRE) 11-4 (10-11) In touch in mid-division, closed after 7th, ridden in 3rd after 3 out, weakened before next, 3rd of 13, 24l behind Tour Des Champs (10-13) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Tour D'argent (FR) 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, hampered and lost place over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 16th of 20, 43l behind Steps To Freedom (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f nat hunt flat Grade 2 (1) gd in Apr.
Winds And Waves (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up, took keen hold, headway 8th, close 3rd when not fluent 2 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Chac Du Cadran (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Chicharito (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Held up behind, pushed along after 6th, tailed off before 3 out, 7th of 11, well behind Rolling Aces (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Presstheredbutton Deploy mare out of Mid Day Chaser.
Silver Wren 15-2 (10-10) Held up in touch, chased winner after 8th, ridden after 3 out, soon beaten, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 9, 14l behind Tara Rose (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Top Rose 33-1 (10-10) Held up, not fluent 5th, went remote 4th after 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 9, 48l behind Golden Gael (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 4f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.