Arbayoun only beat one home when favourite at Fontwell last month but there are possibilities about Admiral Blake. He appeared to show much-improved form behind Ivor's King at Exeter, despite being beaten 17 lengths, though races from out of the handicap here. EDGEVINE is an eight-year-old maiden so doesn't have a great deal going for her but she was significantly well backed at Hereford last time and supporters may be chasing losses here. Sally Rendell's claim can only help her cause and she holds Hector's House on the form book. Noble Perk may be best of the rest.
Ripoff 20-1 (11-4) Mid-division on inside, not fluent and dropped towards rear 5th, soon struggling, no danger after, 11th of 12, 41l behind Thoresby (11-2) at Towcester 2m 5f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-105) (3yo+) (4) gf in Oct.
Noble Perk 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leader until 4th, tracked leaders, weakened 3 out, 8th of 11, well behind Amron Lad (11-5) at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Bravo Bravo 20-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 6th, reminders after next, soon tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Award Winner (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
Hector's House 9-1 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, headway 5th, not fluent 2 out, weakened approaching last, 9th of 14, 26l behind Midnight Myth (10-13) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Aug.
Edgevine 9-2 (10-11) Chased leaders, ridden 2 out, beaten when bumped last, 6th of 14, 15l behind Midnight Myth (10-13) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Aug.
Verumontanum (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 15, 39l behind Kayfrou (10-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Oct.
Arbayoun (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) In touch, effort when not fluenr 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 4, 7l behind Farbreaga (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f Conditional Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-95) (3yo+) (5) sft in Oct.
Admiral Blake 8-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway to go 3rd 4 out, chased winner before 3 out, well held in 2nd when blundered 2 out, mistake last, one pace, 2nd of 10, 17l behind Ivor's King (11-5) at Exeter 2m 3f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Oct.