Qaspal hasn't shown a great deal in two runs over fences since returning from a lay-off, though was clear of Nobunaga at Hereford recently, so the one to beat here is probably MUSH MIR. Already successful three times over hurdles, he made all to score on his chasing bow at Warwick on New Year's Eve despite showing signs of inexperience. That will have taught him plenty and he can defy his penalty. Darna won at Lingfield in November but was then pulled up at Ludlow the following month and hasn't been seen since - he is best watched today.
Darna 11-2 (11-5) With leader, faultered and quickly pulled up before 4th, in a race won by Falcon Island (10-8) at Ludlow 2m Novice Handicap Chase (0-135) (4yo+) (3) gd in Dec, 7 ran.
Mush Mir (IRE) 3-1 (10-3) Not fluent 1st, led and left clear from next until after 10th, left clear again 13th, hung right and joined 2 out, headed narrowly last, ridden and stayed on to regain lead flat, stayed on towards finish, won at Warwick 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs in Dec beating Flaming Charlie (11-0) by 2l, 7 ran.
How's D Strawboss (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Mid div, 6th from 1/2way & btn in 6th aftr 4out, mstk 3out, remote 7th aftr 2out, 7th of 13, 20l behind Barnanely Beau (12-0) at Dungarvan 3m ire ptp gs in Feb '11.
Nobunaga 14-1 (10-9) Always in 4th place, mistake 6th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 6, well behind Doeslessthanme (11-7) at Hereford 2m nov chs (3) sft.
Qaspal (FR) 6-4 (11-0) Chased leader until before 4th, stayed in 3rd, hit 7th, weakened and no chance with leading pair next, 3rd of 6, 29l behind Doeslessthanme (11-7) at Hereford 2m nov chs (3) sft.
Ronnie Ronalde (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) in a race won by Brahmagiri (12-0) at Milborne St Andrew 3m ptp gd in Feb, 8 ran.
The Clyda Rover (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, one pace and no impression from 6 out, 3rd of 6, 41l behind Sir Du Bearn (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f beg chase (4) hvy in Jan.