Vibrato Valtat was only beaten a short-head in a decent handicap at Kempton last time when Fergall was only sixth but has become expensive to follow. CHOCALA has more scope and ran very well on his hurdling debut at Newbury in a race that's produced plenty of winners. He'll know more today and can open his account. Tiqris' form has a solid look about it but he has a penalty to overcome, as does Leicester scorer Hint Of Mint. Revaader has been placed twice on heavy ground lately but has had plenty of chances and is likely to find a few of these too good.
Fergall (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Held up in 7th, headway on inside when hampered 4 out, chasing leaders when hit 3 out, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 6th of 10, 33l behind Three Kingdoms (11-8) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Hint Of Mint 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent last (normal 3 out), led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating Uhlan Bute (11-12) by 6l, 10 ran.
Tiqris 5-4fav (11-4) Tracked leaders on inside, came towards stands side and led 3 out, driven clear from last, stayed on well, won at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Secrete Stream (11-11) by 4l, 14 ran.
Vibrato Valtat (FR) 7-2 (11-1) Held up off the pace in last pair, slightly hampered 4 out, smooth headway approaching 3 out, went 2nd between last 2, led flat, soon edged left, headed last stride, 2nd of 10, shd behind Three Kingdoms (11-8) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Revaader 6-1 (10-11) Led, clear from after 2nd, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and headed before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Vieux Lion Rouge (11-4) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Chocala (IRE) 5-2fav (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led after 1st, hit 4th, ridden before 2 out, headed before last, one pace, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Calipto (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (3) gs in Nov.