Perhaps worth siding with GAMAIN who has been given a chance by the handicapper and shaped better than the result back over fences at Chepstow last month. Redmond, who has a good record at this venue, and in-form Cougar's Gold head the dangers.
ROCKU has travelled powerfully for a long way on both outings for Dan Skelton so this drop in trip should suit and he can strike at the third time of asking for his new yard. Cottonvale is a long-standing maiden but arrives in good form and is likely to go well again. Midnight Walk posted a decent first effort for Julia Brooke and also makes the shortlist.
WHATSWRONGWITHYOU already looks a better chaser than hurdler, and the 3 lb he receives from Diakali and Amour de Nuit could prove to be decisive.
LE DRAPEAU was back to form when runner-up at Wetherby on Boxing Day and remains unexposed in this sphere. In-form pair Achill Road Boy and Calivigny are others to consider.
The ultra-progressive BALLYMOY shaped like a blatant non-stayer at Sandown 3 weeks ago and looks well worth a go at this level returned to a more suitable distance. If The Cap Fits is already a Grade 2 winner this season and is next best ahead of Vision des Flos.
RIVER GLADES shaped encouragingly on hurdles debut at Newcastle a month ago, and given his Flat ability, there should be plenty more to come in this sphere. He's been found a weak race so is expected to get off the mark, with For Three the obvious threat.
ZAFAR is a good sort physically and has twice shaped with promise in juvenile hurdles this term, keeping on well for second over shorter at Ascot latterly. He is fancied to go well in receipt of weight all round. Tarada is next best on his latest runners-up effort, whilst Ashutor also rates the type to do better.
LORD GETAWAY looks one to be positive about and a 10 lb rise may not prevent the hat-trick. Donna's Delight seems a fairly assured jumper and is likely to be on the premises again, while Petiville could also be a factor following an encouraging run at Kelso 10 days ago.
OSTUNI offered a bit more at Taunton last time and appeals as the type to do even better now venturing into handicaps. He is narrowly preferred to game C&D winner Sheila's Fancy, with Dandolo du Gite not one to be written off.
LOUGH KENT produced a fairly encouraging effort when fourth at Catterick last month and, having been eased a further 4 lb subsequently, he could be worth chancing to build on that from a potentially lenient mark. Gregarious and Pistol are others to consider.
SHANTOU FLYER made hard work of it last time but he was ultimately well on top and his rider has a fair bit more experience than the others here, so he should follow up at the expense of Southfield Vic, who is somewhat enigmatic but tends to go well fresh. Three Faces West could get involved if recapturing some old form.
DOC CARVER's recent Chepstow success has received a couple of boosts since and he looks to boast leading claims with his progressive profile standing out in this field. Divine Port and Budarri arrive in form and could pose the main dangers but they lack the selection's scope for improvement.
HUGOS OTHER HORSE showed plenty to work on when fourth on debut at Wincanton on Boxing Day and this longer trip will be in his favour. Thunderstruck is another who made a promising start when runner-up at Sandown, while Corrany heads a clutch of interesting newcomers.
It's not easy to quantify what STAINSBY GIRL achieved when running out a wide-margin winner of a C&D bumper in December but she clearly possesses a fair amount of ability, so is worth siding with to successfully concede a penalty. Lugg River is a danger on her Ludlow form, with Tortuga Bay another to consider following her point victory.
|1st||Fly N Away||4|
|2nd||R Valiant Hero||4.3|
|1st||Sing Prada Sing||3.5|
|2nd||Silver In The City||27.6|
|3rd||F J's Pal||69|
|2nd||Run Raging Rhino Run||2.2|
|1st||Cowgirls Like Us||1.05|
|3rd||At The Margin||31.9|
|1st||Now We Are Free||2.3|
|2nd||Hi Heat Boy||5.3|
|3rd||B Js Arch||6|
|3rd||Players Gonna Play||39.9|
|1st||Mr Money Bags||1.4|
|1st||Fred's Country Boy||17.1|
|3rd||Baba Be Gone||6.9|
|3rd||Shes Julia Child||3.2|
|2nd||Catch My Caboose||2.6|
|2nd||With The Band||6.4|