The handicapper refuses to show Frontier Vic any mercy but Ryan Hatch's mount seems sure to be in the firing-line again here. Masterofdeception represents a yard in cracking form but has a penalty for last week's win at Ffos Las and Unknown Legend also carries extra after scoring at Fakenham 12 days ago. PERFECT CANDIDATE won on the bridle at Wetherby at the end of last month and that will have done wonders for his confidence. He may finally be ready to build on earlier promise so gets the vote here. At Reception looks the pick of his yard's two runners but veteran Aggie's Lad may find a few of these too quick.
Hopstrings 12-1 (10-11) Prominent, pushed along before 8th, lost place before 4 out, stayed on before last, went 3rd near finish, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Dawn Commander (11-12) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Possol (FR) 33-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway 6th, ridden after 8th, weakened 2 out, 16th of 20, 33l behind Trackmate (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Perfect Candidate (IRE) 13-8 (10-13) Chased leaders, headway to go 2nd 4 out, led before 2 out, soon clear, easily (2 hurdles ommited), won at Wetherby 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in May beating Devenish Island (10-13) by 11l, 5 ran.
Tarvini (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) In rear and ran in snatches, niggled along before 5th and again after 6th, ridden and struggling 7th, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Dreamsoftheatre (11-9) at Kempton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Masterofdeception (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Held up in touch, went 2nd over 4f out, led over 1f out, kept on well (all three hurdles in straight were omitted), won at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs beating Clues And Arrows (12-0) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
At Reception (IRE) 5-2fav (11-5) Held up mid-division, headway before 8th, ridden before 2 out, weakened soon after, 5th of 11, 33l behind Wither Yenot (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Vuvuzela 8-1 (11-3) Behind, headway after 4 out, soon chasing leaders, mistake next, held in 3rd when fell last, in a race won by Catching On (11-11) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in May, 8 ran.
Man Of Steel (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced after 7th, plugged on from 2 out, no impression, 4th of 6, 14l behind Fuzzy Logic (10-7) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in May.
Sir Tantallus Hawk 40-1 (9-13) Held up in last, pushed along after 4th, plugged on from 2 out, never in contention, 6th of 10, 21l behind It's A Mans World (10-5) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Apr.
Aggie's lad (IRE) 15-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, outpaced in 3rd 2 out, ridden and stayed on to take narrow 2nd flat, no impression with winner, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Welsh Bard (11-6) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in May.
Unknown Legend (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway and in touch 6th, effort 3 out, led approaching last, kept on, won at Fakenham 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Mist The Boat (11-12) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Frontier Vic 4-1 (11-7) Held up behind, headway 4 out, every chance 3 out, led before 2 out, headed before last, one pace, 2nd of 14, 6l behind Dais Return (11-0) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Solway Bay 28-1 (11-6) Always towards rear, never dangerous, 5th of 13, 26l behind Capital Venture (11-2) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Farmers Cross (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Slowly away, in rear, mistake 1st, struggling from 4th, never dangerous, 5th of 10, 25l behind Agent Louise (10-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.