Calculated Risk is a leading contender after scoring at Sandown last month, beating subsequent winner and today's rival Dollar Bill in the process. Little Dutch Girl is another with claims as she sluiced up at Taunton last time, though she also has something to find with Calculated Risk on earlier form. Twice a winner over hurdles in France this year, the value of Lac Sacre's form is hard to assess on his first start for a new yard but Foster's Road has a shout on his fifth in a Grade 2 at Kempton in February. SOMEMOTHERSDOHAVEM was outclassed in the Triumph Hurdle last time but had beaten Aazif in good style at Doncaster before that. John Ryan's charge gets the speculative vote to return to winning ways in this wide-open affair.
Lac Sacre (FR) (10-3) won at Enghien(FR) 2m 1f 4yo clm hdl gs in Mar beating Thinger Licht (10-10) by 15l, 13 ran.
Calculated Risk 5-2fav (11-9) Tracked leading trio, smooth headway to 2nd before mistake and dropped to 3rd 2 out, rallied between horses before last, led last, stayed on strongly flat, won at Sandown 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl (3) hvy in Mar beating Whipcrackaway (11-10) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Mcvicar 50-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, ridden and effort after 3 out, no impression and well beaten from next, 16th of 24, 38l behind Flaxen Flare (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo) (1) gs in Mar.
Knight Of Pleasure 40-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, tracking leaders next, beaten when mistake last, 8th of 24, 20l behind Flaxen Flare (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo) (1) gs in Mar.
Tidal Way (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, not always fluent, ridden 3 out, one pace, 4th of 7, 13l behind Sametegal (11-8) at Musselburgh 2m 4yo hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Somemothersdohavem 66-1 (11-0) Always in rear, tailed off, 11th of 17, well behind Our Conor (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Mar.
Sky Khan 7-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, bumped 3rd, headway approaching 3 out, went 4th next, stayed on same pace, 4th of 12, 16l behind Chris Pea Green (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4yo hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Foster's Road 66-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, ridden and beaten 3 out, 5th of 7, 19l behind Irish Saint (11-5) at Kempton 2m 4yo hdl Grade 2 (1) gd in Feb.
Dollar Bill 11-2 (11-2) In touch, headway to chase leaders after 3 out, led 2 out, stayed on well, won at Plumpton 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd beating Dropzone (11-5) by 2l, 8 ran.
In The Crowd (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd 4th, led approaching 2 out, soon headed, not fluent last, stayed on under pressure to lead again towards finish, won at Wincanton 2m Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gs in Feb beating Suerte Al Salto (11-2) by 1l, 6 ran.
Aazif (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Led, ridden and headed run-in, weakened towards finish, 4th of 9, 6l behind Somemothersdohavem (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd in Feb.
Bohemian Rhapsody (IRE) 12-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, not fluent 1st, challenged after 5th, ridden when mistake 2 out, no extra flat, 5th of 11, 8l behind Kuda Huraa (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Little Dutch Girl 1-7fav (10-10) Made all, mistake 2nd, clear before 2 out, hit last, unchallenged, won at Taunton 2m 1f Fillies Juvenile Hurdle (4yo) (4) sft in Mar beating Jaja De Jau (10-7) by 17l, 5 ran.
Kauto D'aloes (FR) 11-2 (10-7) Chased leader, went left 5th, lost 2nd approaching 2 out, well held in 3rd when went left and hit last, 3rd of 12, 16l behind Lienosus (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Travis County (IRE) 2-1 (10-7) Led, jumped left throughout, headed 2 out, kept on and just held on for 2nd place, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Bob's World (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar.
Shadarpour (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Led until narrowly headed 3rd, chased leader until 3 out, soon weakened, blundered last, tailed off, last of 7, 34l behind Irish Saint (11-5) at Kempton 2m 4yo hdl Grade 2 (1) gd in Feb.