12:35 - Ibis Du Rheu
Ran very well over fences last time when second to Pebbles Bay at Chepstow, jumping soundly, and remains in good form at home but realistically I'd say he has a tough task here giving weight all round to some improving types. It should help that Harry Cobden claims a handy 3 lbs.
12:35 - More Buck's
Progressing well over fences and probably found the trip of three miles at Kempton stretching his stamina last time out, over Christmas. That's why I am dropping him down in distance here. While More Buck's jumps well and travels well through his races, he is creeping up the handicap and he probably needs to improve again to play a part in the finish.
13:10 - Saphir du Rheu
Has something to prove now, having fallen early on in the Hennessy Gold Cup, which was disappointing after he ran so well on his return to action at Ascot. Saphir de Rheu was a bit sore after Newbury for a few days but soon recovered and has done a lot of schooling off fences. He won the Cleeve Hurdle at this course a couple of years ago and is definitely not without a chance.
13:45 - Dodging Bullets
Top marks to the authorities for transferring this race to Cheltenham once Ascot was abandoned ago. Even so it doesn't make the task of Dodging Bullets any easier. The jury is out on Dodging Bullets after some below par efforts and it is difficult to know what to expect from him now. I felt he would be suited by the longer trip at Huntingdon and, although he didn't seem to stay the two-and-a-half miles there, I am not convinced stamina was the issue.
14:15 - Silviniaco Conti
Finished strongly in the King George V1 Chase on Boxing Day and would have been second in one more stride. While plenty of people say Cheltenham doesn't suit Silviniaco Conti, I don't agree as he led over the last in one Gold Cup and was bang there when he fell three out in another. He is a top class chaser, it is a small field and he deserves his chance.
14:50 - Rocky Creek
Is becoming more unpredictable with age but could certainly play a part here if he takes to the unique contours and fences of the cross country course. It was encouraging that he seemed to enjoy himself during a schooling session over the track in mid week. The trip and the drier ground should definitely be in Rocky Creek's favour and if he fancies this different type challenge.
15:25 - Topofthegame
Won narrowly in the end at Ascot on his hurdles debut despite almost throwing it away through inexperience. Topofthegame is a fine big horse with an exciting future so we are determined not to rush him. He is learning as he goes along and I am hoping he can take another step forward here in a strong field.
16: 00 - Old Guard
Has been finding life tougher this season and this could help us decide if he goes for the Stayers Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival or the Coral Cup. We know the course suits his style of running and there was much to like about the way he kept on under a big weight to finish fourth to his stable companion Modus at Kempton last time.
16:00 - Ptit Zig
A top class stayer who for some reason didn't run up to his best at Ascot last time when I quite fancied him. Nothing came to light afterwards and he remains in good shape. I'd say he has a good chance on his best form.
13:25 - Give Me A Copper
Won stylishly at Exeter and Is a decent long term prospect, a nice chaser for next season.
We are looking after Give Me A Copper for the time being and he will not run here unless they get some rain because he needs plenty of cut in the ground.
13:55 - Romain de Senam
Was hardly out of a canter when winning with his head in his chest at Leicester earlier in the week so carries a 5lbs penalty. He jumps well, will enjoy the ground and is better going left handed so he has plenty in his favour.
14:30 - Marracudja
Looked a smart prospect in winning his first two races over fences but could not lay a glove on the short priced Arkle favourite Altior in his last two starts. We've freshened up Marracudja since he chased home Altior at Kempton at Christmas and he will be well suited by the fast track and quicker ground at Doncaster.
I expect him to go close in a competitive little race.
15:05 - Coillte Lass
It looks like we are all playing for second place behind the brilliant Irish mare Vroom Vroom Mag.
So this is a big ask for Coillte Lass who has been a star for the syndicate team of Ditcheat Thoroughbreds, winning all three of her races this season and beating the smart Dusky Legend last time in a Listed hurdle at Taunton. Coillte Lass keeps progressing and has earned a crack at Vroom Vroom Mag.
Gained his biggest success in the Scottish Grand National in April and ran well for a long way last time before finishing a well beaten sixth in the Welsh Grand National on ground that was much too soft for him.
The going at Doncaster will be more to his liking but he really needs another mile to bring his stamina into play and he is still 3 lbs higher than his winning mark at Ayr.
15:40 - Caid Du Berlais
Won well over hurdles at Aintree on his return after missing a year and then couldn't handle the testing conditions at Haydock. I'd expect his last run over fences behind Top Notch at Ascot to have sharpened him up nicely for this and don't forget he was good enough to win the Paddy Power Chase. Caid Du Berlais is quite fairly handicapped now and should go well.