Cockney Trucker will ensure there will be no hanging about here and only weakened at the last when sixth over C&D two runs ago. Eradicate was just beaten in a jumpers' bumper on his return from a break but faces a stiff task under top weight here. Barry Geraghty prefers stablemate Tanks For That but he also has his fair share of weight, while the strong-travelling Aather struggles to get home on stiff tracks like this. Gilded Age could do better in first-time blinkers, however, while Ayr winner Cunning Clarets is interesting off bottom weight. But preference is for DREAM ESTEEM, who has run well under big weights at Exeter and Taunton this season and wasn't disgraced in last year's Supreme Novices' Hurdle here behind Menorah. The mare deserves a change of luck.
Eradicate (IRE) 5-4fav (10-9) Towards rear, headway 6f out, ridden 3f out, stayed on well from over 1f out to challenge final 100 yards, bumped and pushed left towards finish, just held close home, 2nd of 8, hd behind Advisor (11-0) at Kempton 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4yo+) (AWT) (4) std in Dec.
Tanks For That (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, headway to lead 8th, ridden and headed before last, kept on under pressure flat, no impression, 2nd of 13, 6l behind Woolcombe Folly (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs (2) gs in Dec.
Cockney Trucker (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5th until 7th, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 15, 23l behind Dynaste (10-6) at Taunton 2m 3f cond hcp hdl (2) gs in Dec.
Fushe Jo 100-1 (10-5) Prominent main group, effort approaching 2 out, soon ridden and outpaced, weakened last, 15th of 28, 24l behind Thousand Stars (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Nomecheki (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division on outside, headway appropaching 10th, effort to press leaders after 3 out, weakened before next, 8th of 19, 28l behind Pigeon Island (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Secret Dancer (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, not always fluent, weakened approaching 2 out, last of 7, 35l behind Oscar Whisky (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl (2) gs.
Decoy (FR) 16-1 (11-9) Towards rear, headway after 3 out, stayed on same pace and no impression next, 4th of 14, 14l behind Dona (11-9) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gs.
Gilded Age 25-1 (10-1) Held up, headway before 6th, stayed from 2 out, never dangerous, 4th of 15, 23l behind Dynaste (10-6) at Taunton 2m 3f cond hcp hdl (2) gs in Dec.
Aather (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 3 out, soon chased leaders, switched inside approaching last, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 16, 10l behind Ski Sunday (11-11) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Gifted Leader (USA) 25-1 (10-5) Always behind, ridden and struggling after 6th, tailed off, 10th of 15, 42l behind Dynaste (10-6) at Taunton 2m 3f cond hcp hdl (2) gs in Dec.
Dream Esteem 7-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway on outside before 6th, driven and stayed on flat, went 2nd close home, not reach winner, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Marleno (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Dec.
Art Professor (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Close up on inside until lost place after 7th, 7th of 15, 23l behind Dynaste (10-6) at Taunton 2m 3f cond hcp hdl (2) gs in Dec.
Celticello (IRE) 15-8fav (11-2) Raced towards rear but in touch, chased leaders 5th, ridden to challenge 2 out, led before last, ran on well, won at Fakenham 2m 4f sell hdl (5) gs beating Knight Legend (10-13) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
First Avenue 20-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway 3 out, weakening when hit 2 out, mistake last, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Mille Chief (11-12) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy.
Alarazi (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Held up behind, headway and in touch 4th, challenged 3 out, led approaching next, headed last, ridden and kept on same pace, no impression with winner flat, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Credit Swap (11-5) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Cunning Clarets (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Held up mid-division, headway approaching 4th, led after 2 out, ridden and hit last, kept on well, ridden out, won at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs beating Blenheim Brook (11-12) by 2l, 12 ran.