Plenty with claims in the opener but BIG SOCIETY looks to have recorded the strongest form so far. He's gone close the last twice and just failed to catch Grouse Lodge at Uttoxeter in November. The latter has since gone in again and Tom George's charge gets the nod. Billy Dutton won over a shorter trip here last month but has a penalty to contend with today and Beckhani is preferred with a decent hurdling debut at Sandown under his belt. Lord Protector has shown enough to suggest he get involved while Toby Lerone was still travelling well when falling at Chepstow and is another to consider.
Billy Dutton 12-1 (10-12) In touch, chased leaders 3 out, every chance next, led last, hung left, ran on well, won at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec beating Presenting Arms (10-12) by 2l, 12 ran.
Bamboleo (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, driven and lost 2nd 2f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 11, 18l behind Utopian (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Beckhani 11-2 (10-12) Tracked leader, every chance approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Golden Hoof (11-5) at Sandown 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Big Society (IRE) 4-5fav (10-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 5th, not fluent 7th, hard ridden and stayed on flat, always just held, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Grouse Lodge (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Coddington Boy 28-1 (10-12) Towards rear, ridden and some headway 3 out, never near leaders, 5th of 13, 30l behind Kenai Peninsula (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Florida Quays (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Raced wide chasing leaders, went 3rd 5f out, stayed on same pace final 2f, 5th of 10, 17l behind Wychwoods Brook (11-0) at Sandown 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Follow The Master 250-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, never nearer, 6th of 14, 40l behind The Italian Yob (10-9) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec.
Isthereadifference (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Prominent early, soon lost place, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Sammys Gone (10-12) at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Lord Of The Dunes 12-1 (10-12) In touch, ridden and one pace after 3 out, modest 5th when mistake next, 5th of 12, 25l behind Pendra (11-5) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Lord Protector (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Led, not fluent 3rd and 4th, awkward 2 out, soon headed and outpaced, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Golden Hoof (11-5) at Sandown 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Mysocks 4-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along on inside and no impression over 3f out, last of 9, 40l behind Sgt Reckless (11-2) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs in May.
Palfrey Boy 11-2 (12-0) Disp ld 2-8; wknd 10; pu 4 out, in a race won by King's Scout (11-7) at Flete Park 2m 4f ptp gs in Apr, 13 ran.
Phone Home (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden 8th, never on terms with leaders, 6th of 18, 20l behind Superior Quality (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Prudent George 12-1 (12-0) A wl bhnd, 9th of 14, 42l behind On My Living Life (12-0) at Black Forest Lodge 3m ptp gf in Nov '11.
Silver Commander 7-2 (11-7) Held up; hdwy 3 out; str rn flat to ld final 100yds; drvn out, won at Bratton Down 3m ptp gf in May beating Little Cornham (11-7) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Ten More (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Not fluent 1st, behind, went 4th and hit 2 out, weakened on long run to last, 6th of 9, well behind Milansbar (10-9) at Folkestone 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Toby Lerone (IRE) 10-3 (10-7) Tracked leading pair, left 2nd after 5th, headway and effort 4 out, almost upsides and going well when fell next, in a race won by High Ho Sheriff (10-12) at Chepstow 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 4 ran.
Tolkeins Tango (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) In touch, chased leading trio 3rd, hit 5th, weakened soon after 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, 41l behind Shotgun Paddy (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.