Son Of Flicka won this in 2012, beating Get Me Out Of Here, but is starting to look a light of former days. Dunguib is a former Festival winner and showed he was no back number in a Grade 2 at Navan last month but Cotton Mill has come to grief on both previous visits to the track. Whisper ran Saphir De Rheu close in a Listed handicap at Ffos Las last time and arrives in good form, as does betfair Hurdle second Dell' Arca, while last year's successful stable are represented by National Spirit Hurdle runner-up Meister Eckhart and Vendor. Waaheb won at Cork in January and should stay this longer trip while there are also possibilities about Ascot scorer Kaylif Aramis and a back-to-form Calculated Risk. CLONDAW KAEMPFER has been very well supported in both starts this season and looks as though he has more to offer. He jumped a lot better when third at Aintree in December and, though 3lb higher, might still be well handicapped. He could prove to be a good spare ride for Richard Johnson. Bayan hasn't raced since second to Sametegal over 2m here in October but looks to have been laid out for this.
Dunguib (IRE) 11-4 (11-3) Tracked leader in 3rd, not fluent 3rd, went 2nd at 5th and progress to lead before 5 out, asserted from 3 out and stayed on well, very easily, won at Navan 2m 5f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb beating Zaidpour (11-10) by 6l, 4 ran.
Whisper (FR) 6-4fav (10-13) Tracked leaders and keen, went 2nd before 2 out, soon challenged, led narrowly and mistake last, soon headed, kept on and just held close home, 2nd of 6, hd behind Saphir Du Rheu (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 4f ltd hcp hdl (2) hvy in Feb.
Sametegal (FR) 11-4fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden when not fluent 3 out, one pace and no impression next, 5th of 10, 13l behind Clever Cookie (10-0) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Meister Eckhart (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders in 4th, disputing 3rd at 7th, pushed along and outpaced after 3 out, rallied last, driven and stayed on flat, squeezed through and went 2nd final 100 yards, closed strongly near finish, just held, 2nd of 6, hd behind Kayf Moss (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Oscars Well (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Held up ridden, ridden in 11th 2 out, no impression and kept on one pace, 9th of 16, 19l behind Jetson (10-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl hvy in Feb.
Cotton Mill 16-1 (11-7) Led, clear from 4th until after 4 out, headed after next, soon riden and outpaced, kept on under pressure from last, no impression, 4th of 8, 7l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-7) at Newcastle 2m hdl G1 (1) gd in Nov.
Magnifique Etoile 10-1 (11-0) Tracking leading pair when fell 4th, in a race won by Annie Power (10-11) at Ascot 2m 3f hdl G2 (1) gs in Nov, 4 ran.
Far West (FR) 10-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, pushed right 3 out, ridden after 2 out, 5th and held when fell last, in a race won by Splash of Ginge (10-3) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) hvy in Feb, 20 ran.
Get Me Out Of Here (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway when hampered 4th, ridden after 2 out, 5th when not fluent last, stayed on same pace flat, 8th of 18, 8l behind Dell' Arca (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Nov.
Clerk's Choice (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Held up in touch in mid-division, ridden after 2 out, no impression before last, 12th of 17, 16l behind Party Rock (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Sadler's Risk (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, ridden in 12th 2 out, kept on one pace straight, 7th of 16, 8l behind Jetson (10-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl hvy in Feb.
Edgardo Sol (FR) 16-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, well beaten after 3 out, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Sunnyhillboy (10-8) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Dec.
Smashing (FR) 10-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, hit 3rd, headway on outside and hanging left when pushed right 3 out, ridden and weakened between last 2, 9th of 20, 11l behind Splash of Ginge (10-3) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) hvy in Feb.
Timesremembered (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, effort 3 out, never dangerous, 6th of 7, 37l behind Urban Hymn (11-10) at Doncaster 3m nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Jan.
Waaheb (USA) 7-4 (11-9) Tracked leader in 2nd, a little slow 5 out, closed up to challenge 3 out, soon on terms, gained narrow lead from 2 out, quicker jump than runner-up and stayed on well from last, won at Cork 2m hdl hvy in Jan beating Turban (11-5) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.
Dell' Arca (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Front rank, challenged and pushed right 3 out, chased winner 2 out, no impression when dropped to 3rd approaching last, stayed on to 2nd again close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 20, 1 3/4l behind Splash of Ginge (10-3) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) hvy in Feb.
Ifandbutwhynot (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Towards rear, soon in rear, headway before 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 6, 18l behind Melodic Rendezvous (11-8) at Haydock 2m hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Party Rock (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent, last before 6th, struggling after next, last of 6, 36l behind Prideofthecastle (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Yesyoucan (IRE) 9-4 (11-8) Tracked leader, not fluent and jumped left at times, mistake 9th, ridden when bad mistake 3 out, closed 2 out, every chance last, no extra flat, 2nd of 4, 8l behind Loose Chips (11-4) at Huntingdon 3m nov chs (3) hvy in Jan.
Clondaw Kaempfer (IRE) 7-2fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 6th, headway 3 out, stayed on flat, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Like Minded (11-1) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec.
Vendor (FR) 16-1 (11-0) Held up last, mistake 1st, stayed on approaching last, ridden and no impression flat, 8th of 20, 8l behind Splash of Ginge (10-3) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) hvy in Feb.
Bayan (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, hit 2 out, ridden to chase winner last, stayed on, every chance towards finish, held close home, 2nd of 6, nk behind Sametegal (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Kaylif Aramis 11-2 (10-7) In touch in mid-division, closed 7th, went 2nd before 2 out, led approaching last, soon clear, stayed on well, won at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb beating Art Professor (11-1) by 5l, 15 ran.
Noble Prince (GER) 12-1 (11-1) Soon chased leaders, 7th 5 out, no extra from 2 out, 13th of 16, 28l behind Jennies Jewel (10-11) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl in Dec.
Indevan 15-2 (11-7) Held up in last pair in touch, tracked leaders 3 out, ridden and one pace before last, no impression, 4th of 8, 10l behind Creepy (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Nov.
Calculated Risk 5-2fav (11-7) Held up in touch on inside, steady headway after 7th, went 2nd and effort 2 out, upsides between last 2, driven to lead flat, kept on, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f (3) sft in Dec beating Oscar Tanner (10-3) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Son Of Flicka 10-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, outpaced 5 out, stayed on from last, never dangerous, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Tranquil Sea (10-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Feb.
Foxcub (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Held up in mid-division, not fluent 5th, ridden and well beaten after 3 out, 8th of 15, 32l behind Kaylif Aramis (10-7) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.