Last Shot was second at Fontwell in October but reverted to type here last time and isn't one to rely upon. Handtheprizeover goes well fresh so another extended absence isn't necessarily a negative while Amirico could have more to offer over fences. SMOKEY GEORGE won fairly easily at Exeter last month, his first success over the larger obstacles. A 6lb weight rise isn't over excessive and Kim Bailey's charge will be a popular choice to follow up here.
Last Shot (FR) 7-2 (11-8) Mid-division in 4th, went 2nd before 4 out, ridden before next, weakened before last, 4th of 7, 19l behind Chasers Chance (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Captain Scarlett (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 7th,struggling 11th, behind 13th, tailed off 14th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Bounds And Leaps (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Handtheprizeover 10-3 (10-13) Led, narrowly headed 4 out, led again approaching 3 out, stayed on well from next, won at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct '11 beating Iheardu (11-4) by 4l, 6 ran.
Amirico (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, last 4th, headway 12th, not fluent 3 out, 4th and beaten when not fluent last, 4th of 6, 16l behind Saskompliq (11-8) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Time Do (FR) 16-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, weakened from 12th, 5th of 6, 40l behind Bennys Mist (11-5) at Exeter 3m Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) hvy in Oct.
Smokey George 3-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, steady headway approaching 4 out, chased leaders 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, stayed on to lead approaching last, ridden out, won at Exeter 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov beating Kap West (11-8) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Global Warming (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) With leaders, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Master Neo (11-0) at Uttoxeter 3m Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) hvy in Nov, 13 ran.
Betheholygobbs (IRE) 20-1 (9-13) Towards rear, weakened 14th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Honourable Arthur (11-9) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec '11, 9 ran.