This has attracted a big field but OSCAR HOOF would surely take all the beating if reproducing his debut run behind Zamdy Man in a Listed hurdle at Haydock last month. The danger may be Swallowshide, penalised for winning at Wincanton but likely to improve further. Elmore Back has shown enough to suggest he'll be winning soon and Lemony Bay was second to the classy Mijhaar over 2m here last month. Mr Bridger, Powerstown Dreams and ex-pointer Tire Larigot are all worth monitoring for future reference but No Substitute may need this.
Swallowshide 11-4 (10-12) Held up, headway 3 out, challenged 2 out, led before last, ran green and went left at hurdle, edged left flat, stayed on, won at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov beating Lumpys Gold (10-12) by 8l, 7 ran.
Bhakti (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, ridden before 3 out, stayed on to take 2nd close home, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Dream Flyer (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Bodega 16-1 (11-0) In touch, under pressure 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 18, 39l behind Champagne West (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gs.
Crazy Chester (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) In touch, lost place 6th, soon in rear, detached, 6th of 7, well behind Classic Move (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nov hdl (4) sft.
Elmore Back (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, every chance from 2 out until no extra from last, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind The Skyfarmer (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Favourable Fellow (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, took keen hold, went poor 4th halfway, never a factor, 4th of 6, 42l behind Fly Home Harry (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs.
Lemony Bay 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, no impression on winner next, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 14, 7l behind Mijhaar (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Mr Bridger 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, one pace final 2f, 4th of 10, 17l behind Assam Black (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
No Substitute (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders on inside, effort approaching 2 out, every chance when left 2nd last, ridden and kept on flat, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind The Druids Nephew (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Jan '12.
Operatic Heights (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, under pressure when badly hampered 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Chase The Spud (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Oscar Hoof (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, slow 3rd, soon lost place, smooth headway after 4 out, hard ridden to chase winner approaching last, kept on well, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Zamdy Man (11-8) at Haydock 2m Listed nov hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Powerstown Dreams (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Led 2f, prominent, led again over 2f out, strongly pressed from over 1f out, held on, won at Doncaster 2m (6) gd in Nov beating Hunters Hoof (10-11) by shd, 8 ran.
Presentings Return (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 18th of 22, well behind Josses Hill (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft.
Pure Oxygen (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 11th of 17, 41l behind Call Carlo (11-4) at Wincanton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Serious Mixture 16-1 (10-7) Led until after 3rd, lost place before 7th, well beaten when mistake next, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Silver Eagle (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr, 14 ran.
Sir Harry Hotspur 66-1 (10-12) Close up and keen, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 13, well behind Dream Flyer (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Steel Summit (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, led over 4f out until 4f out, chased leaders, outpaced over 2f out, 5th of 9, 13l behind Bugsy's Girl (10-9) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) gd in May.
The Kvilleken 33-1 (10-12) Took keen hold tracking leading pair, went 2nd and hit 5th, misale and lost 2nd next, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 13, 16l behind Irving (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Tire Larigot (FR) 4-1 (12-0) (cp) ap; ev ch 2 out; one-pcd, 4th of 13, 3l behind Gunner Road (10-7) at Kimblewick 2m 5f ptp gd in Apr.
Whichwaytobougie 16-1 (10-7) Behind, driven to chase leaders briefly after 3 out, weakened when mistake next, 7th of 14, 39l behind Forthefunofit (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
All Riled Up 12-1 (10-12) Held up in 4th, pushed along over 7f out, weakened over 5f out, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Hannah's Princess (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) gd in Aug.
Land Of Vic 14-1 (10-12) Not fluent, took keen hold early and soon towards rear, struggling after 3 out, plugged on to modest 5th run in, never on terms, 5th of 14, 32l behind Mayfair Music (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gd.