Subsequent Grand National hero Ballabriggs won a division of this race last year and another chaser reverting to hurdles takes his chance here in HOLMWOOD LEGEND. He was the surprise winner of a Grade 3 chase at the Festival in March last year, but has since gone close again back at Cheltenham off a 20lb higher mark than today's. With a conditional taking a further 7lb off his back, he gets the nod ahead of recent hurdle winner Harry Topper, who carries a penalty for his win at Uttoxeter last month. Monturgeon looked a bit laboured in the closing stages when second over a longer trip at Folkestone last time and he could figure along with Redbridge Rebel, who is having only his second start under Rules for Philip Hobbs after a fourth at Taunton last month.
Harry Topper 7-2 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 6th, led approaching 2 out where not fluent, stayed on flat, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec beating Bar De Ligne (11-0) by 5l, 12 ran.
Holmwood Legend 33-1 (10-3) Led, mistake 2nd, headed approaching 4th, hit 9th, weakened 4 out, 16th of 20, well behind Great Endeavour (10-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Nov.
Isleofhopendreams 33-1 (10-12) Chased leader, led 3rd, joined 7th, headed 4 out, ridden and no chance with winner before 2 out, 2nd of 13, 22l behind Ohio Gold (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Monturgeon (FR) 5-2 (11-0) Prominent, led 3rd, headed 7th, led again 2 out, headed approaching last, soon beaten, mistake last, 2nd of 15, 15l behind Buddy Bolero (11-0) at Folkestone 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Padre Eterno 100-1 (11-2) Always behind, tailed off, 17th of 20, well behind African Broadway (11-2) at Newbury 2m NH flat (5) gs in Dec '10.
Prime Location 7-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, under pressure over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Mister Newby (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 2f nhf (6) sft in Dec.
Redbridge Rebel 20-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders approaching 2 out, soon ridden and no impression, 4th of 14, 14l behind Imperial Circus (10-12) at Taunton 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Storm Alert 12-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, 9th of 12, 42l behind Decimus (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn NH flat (5) gf in Nov.
Yellow Printer 200-1 (10-7) Led to after 3rd, with leader, lost place 6th, behind from 3 out, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Salubrious (10-10) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Lucy's Legend (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, not always fluent, 8th approaching 6 out, no impression from 3 out, 15th of 17, 38l behind Rheinland (11-7) at Limerick 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Jul.