Double Eagle looks nicely handicapped over hurdles and was far from disgraced back over the smaller obstacles for the first time in more than a year at Hereford earlier in the month. Terenzium's only two hurdles wins have come at this track and he's invariably in the money here, though this trip probably stretches his stamina so preference is for MONOGRAM. Lightly raced, the top weight hasn't raced since justifying favouritism at Hexham in October but probably isn't badly treated if taking the second as a reliable guide and he shouldn't have any problem with the extra yardage here. Mtpockets was well ahead of Petroupetrov when fourth at Taunton a fortnight ago and may be best of the rest.
Monogram 11-8fav (11-0) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, joined leader, 6th, led after 3 out to before next, switched towards stands side and led again before last, soon ridden, hard pressed flat, held on under pressure towards finish, won at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Blenheim Brook (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Double Eagle 8-1 (11-8) Led until 8th, outpaced after 2 out, stayed on approaching last to take 3rd flat, 3rd of 13, 8l behind Salpierre (11-10) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Terenzium (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, niggled and detached after 7th, kept on to pass beaten horses from 3 out, took 3rd flat, no impression, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Lackamon (10-1) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
Mtpockets (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) In touch, headway to chased leaders 3 out, close 4th when blundered 2 out, stayed on same pace after, 4th of 14, 7l behind Awesome Freddie (11-12) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Arctic Echo 25-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 8th, soon pushed along, blundered 4 out, soon weakened, last of 11, well behind Saintly Lady (10-10) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Borero (FR) 150-1 (11-0) In rear, struggling over 6f out, never dangerous, 7th of 14, 21l behind Recession Proof (11-0) at Southwell 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4yo+) (AWT) (4) std in Dec.
Emperor Charlie 10-1 (10-12) Raced keenly, held up towards rear, headway into mid-division when blundered 5th, tracked leaders 6th, left 3rd 4 out, ridden and no impression approaching 2 out, weakened and lost 3rd last, 4th of 11, 23l behind Badgers Cove (11-5) at Towcester 3m nov hdl (4) sft.
Petroupetrov (FR) 16-1 (10-11) In touch until lost place after 6th, struggling after next, tailed off, 9th of 14, 47l behind Awesome Freddie (11-12) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Robertewenutter 33-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, lost place 2 out (usual 3 out), soon ridden and weakened, 7th of 14, 38l behind Bottman (10-12) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft.