Absinthe won three times over hurdles in 2012 including over course and distance but hasn't raced since. Chat Room won a maiden hurdle in the same year but has shown little in either of his subsequent starts. NORDIC QUEST looks the safest bet back over today's shorter trip after disappointing at Doncaster last time. He'd earlier gone close at Huntingdon and a repeat should be good enough in this company. Tom Wade is back on a winning mark but arrives out of form and The Pier makes more appeal off his current mark having finished a bit closer at Ludlow last month.
Absinthe (IRE) 7-2fav (10-6) Mid-division, mistake 3rd, weakened before 5th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Local Hero (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Sep '12, 15 ran.
Chat Room 13-2 (11-7) Always behind, weakened 4 out, eased next, last of 10, well behind Fergall (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Nordic Quest (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 4 out, led 3 out, headed 2 out, no extra and lost 2nd place run-in, 3rd of 11, 15l behind Softsong (11-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Red Skipper (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Mid-division, some headway after normal 3 out, well beaten before omitted last, 6th of 14, 28l behind Leviathan (11-12) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Tom Wade (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, challenged 5th, edged right and outpaced before 3 out, no extra before next, 5th of 6, 32l behind Cool Sky (11-8) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.
The Pier (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Prominent on inside, effort 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression in 3rd from next, 3rd of 5, 15l behind Pure Science (11-6) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.