Kings Grey has won three times over fences and also won a bumper in 2010. He's been placed in four of his seven starts over hurdles and is likely to be thereabouts again. Winning bumper Rolling Maul was only beaten a length at Ffos Las earlier this month while Devon Drum was second at Kempton and will strip fitter here. He's preferred to Lemony Bay and Dark Dune, who may do better over an extra half-mile. MIJHAAR made regular appearance at Group 3 level on the Flat and won a Listed handicap over 1m4f at Hamilton in May for Roger Varian. John Ferguson's recent acquisition may be a cut above these if taking to hurdles and gets the nod.
Allied Answer 8-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, weakened from 2 out, 5th of 11, 38l behind Morning Royalty (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Audacious 50-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, not fluent towards rear, lost touch when slightly hampered 5th, tailed off 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Bowie (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Canuspotit Nomadic Way gelding out of Play Alone.
Dark Dune (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Held up, ridden over 2f out, never a factor, 7th of 11, 5l behind Tinseltown (10-4) at Catterick 1m 4f am hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug (flat).
Devon Drum 11-4 (10-12) Chased leaders in 5th, went 2nd before last, kept on and always well held by winner, 2nd of 17, 11l behind Volnay De Thaix (11-5) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Durham Express (IRE) 250-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 4 out, never dangerous, 15th of 16, 38l behind Moss Cloud (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Hollywood All Star (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Held up, ridden over 2f out, some headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 8l behind Sleepy Haven (8-9) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gd in May (flat).
Kings Grey (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 2 out, no impression on winner flat, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Eastlake (11-8) at Aintree 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct.
Lemony Bay 8-1 (11-0) Prominent on inside, stumbled 3rd, not fluent 6th, lost place 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 10, 31l behind Gone Too Far (11-0) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs.
Like Clockwork 66-1 (11-0) Held up, not fluent 1st, ridden and weakened after 6th, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Handazan (11-0) at Aintree 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) sft in Oct '12.
Mahab El Shamaal 3-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 35l behind Epic (9-13) at Hamilton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep '11 (flat).
Mijhaar 7-1 (9-0) Led, driven and headed over 2f out, soon ridden and lost place, no impression final furlong, 6th of 7, 7l behind Secret Number (8-7) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct (flat).
Not Another Monday (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Led until approaching 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, moderate 4th, 4th of 6, well behind Another Hero (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs.
On The Buckle 20-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 16th of 18, well behind Redpender (11-0) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) sft.
Rolling Maul (IRE) 5-4fav (10-12) In touch in mid-division on outside, headway before 4th, challenged 3 out, 2 lengths down last, closed flat, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Batu Ferringhi (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Vinstar (FR) 25-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led before 3 out, headed 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 12, 24l behind The Liquidator (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.