DOCTOR HARPER, who ran in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham last season, has had a few entries lately so it may be significant that he turns up here to make his hurdling debut. He gets the vote ahead of another bumper winner, Chill Factor, and last month's course and distance runner-up Sea Island Pearl. Broomfield should be monitored in the betting as he showed definite signs of promise a couple of years ago and Paul Nicholls, who has trained the winner of this four times in the last six years, will have him fit enough for his return to action.
Attimo (GER) (8-11) 3rd of 10, 4l behind Panis Angelicus (9-1) at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 1m 7f 3yo clm gd in Jul '12 (flat).
Brians Well (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Close up, not fluent 1st, reminder after 5th, weakened and tailed off from 3 out, 10th of 14, well behind Shantou Magic (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Broomfield 16-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, steady headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders before next, hit 2 out, ridden and weakened between last 2, 4th of 12, 12l behind It's A Gimme (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) gs in Nov '11.
Chill Factor (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, ridden and struggling over 3f out, 15th of 18, 40l behind Carningli (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m NH flat (4) gs in Oct.
Doctor Harper (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, lost place 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 23, 34l behind Briar Hill (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gs in Mar.
Duke's Affair 33-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, not flent 2nd, struggling before 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Purple Bay (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Ernest Speak (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Took keen hold tracking leaders, went 2nd briefly before 3 out, weakened quickly 3 out, 11th of 15, 40l behind Horizontal Speed (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Gallic Warrior (FR) 28-1 (10-12) Held up in touch in chasing group, not fluent 6th, mistake next, weakened after 3 out, jumped right 2 out, 6th of 12, 46l behind Oscar Fortune (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Here's Herbie 50-1 (10-9) Held up, not always fluent, 7th and struggling before 3 out, 6th of 10, 28l behind Premier Portrait (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Keen Eye (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, led 4th, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 10, 46l behind Purple Bay (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Leave It Be (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Behind, tailed off 4f out, some late headway, never nearer, 6th of 10, 30l behind Amore Alato (10-9) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gf in Apr.
Luckwell Bridge 50-1 (10-2) In rear when green and bucked rider off and unseated soon after 1st, in a race won by Horizontal Speed (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct, 15 ran.
Neighbourhood (USA) 9-2 (8-12) Led, headed over 12f out, prominent, led again over 4f out, headed over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 12, 9l behind Bramshill Lass (9-6) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct (flat).
New Christmas (USA) 33-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 3rd on inside after 3 out, ridden and stayed on same pace from next, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Princely Player (11-2) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar '12.
Puerto Azul (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, some headway approaching 5th, pushed along and weakened before next, 9th of 15, 33l behind Horizontal Speed (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Village Secret 50-1 (10-9) Pulled hard, prominent, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, last of 16, well behind Broadway Buffalo (10-12) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in May '12.
Sea Island Pearl 20-1 (10-5) Took keen hold tracking leading pair, went 2nd at 2nd, well held and no chance with winner when hit 2 out, stayed on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 9, 10l behind Rayvin Black (11-5) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Shakespeare Dancer 40-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, lost place halfway, 9th of 10, 20l behind Iceman George (9-5) at Leicester 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May (flat).