A really tough start for punters as the likely principals look closely matched. Anthony Honeyball's mare Eleven Fifty Nine had useful bumper form and has run well in both starts over hurdles. She has an extra half-mile to cover here, however. O'Faolains Boy has already won a point-to-point and a bumper while Oscar Magic may have come up against a smart novice in Buthelezi at Aintree and should appreciate a return to a longer trip. SIN BIN only found The Romford Pele too good over C&D last time and has yet to finish out of the first two in three starts on the course. He may be poised to open his account over timber today.
Chosen Dream (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Mid-division, ridden and struggling 7th, mistake next, tailed off, 10th of 18, 44l behind Superior Quality (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Fourovakind 20-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 5f out, hard ridden to chalenge over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Tiger Maguire (11-2) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec '11.
O'Faolains Boy (IRE) 13-8 (10-6) Made all, hung right paddock bend, ridden 3f out, soon hard pressed, kept on under pressure, just held on, won at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec beating Top Gamble (11-2) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Oscar Magic (IRE) 3-1fav (11-7) Tracked leader, not fluent 2nd, chased winner from 4th, not fluent 5th, went badly left 3 out, went left again next, no impression flat, one pace, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Buthelezi (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Ravens Brook (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, close up 3 out, ridden next, weakened approaching last, 6th of 12, 19l behind Midnight Appeal (10-12) at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Sin Bin (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway 4 out, effort towards stands side rail next, chased winner and every chance last, ridden flat, kept on same apce, 2nd of 9, 2l behind The Romford Pele (10-9) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Sir Benfro 4-1 (10-13) Not fluent, held up in touch, headway and in touch on outside when wandered 7th, mistake next, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Highland Retreat (10-4) at Exeter 2m 7f am nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Un Ami (FR) (10-5) 6th of 15, 48l behind Unique De Cotte (10-5) at Le Lion D'angers(FR) 2m 2f hdl sft in May.
Vinnie My Boy (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, struggling after 8th, soon lost touch, tailed off, 7th of 8, 45l behind Return Spring (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.
Waldorf Salad 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, driven to challenge over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 34l behind Hannibal The Great (10-9) at Plumpton 2m 2f mdn NH flat (6) sft in Oct.
Eleven Fifty Nine 9-2 (11-0) Led, mistake 5th, joined 3 out, headed next, kept on same pace, no impression with leading pair when lost 3rd after last, 4th of 6, 11l behind She Ranks Me (11-0) at Newbury 2m mares listed nov hdl (1) sft in Dec.
Lady Anne Boleyn 6-1 (11-0) in a race won by Me Too (11-0) at Northaw 3m ptp gd in May '10, 9 ran.
Oscar Jane (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened approaching last, 6th of 12, 12l behind Billy Dutton (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec.
Wheelavher 33-1 (9-12) Led, jumped left 3rd, not fluent next, soon headed, weakening when hit 3 out, 4th of 8, 37l behind Thomas Crapper (11-4) at Towcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec.