Capilla has a win and a second to his name in two previous runs over course and distance but was a long way behind Ashford Wood in a better race at Chepstow last time. Tim Vaughan's charge has a good chance of going one better here while Uttoxeter second Final Nudge will improve for the experience. Obistar is an interesting newcomer and his stable won this last year but Rebecca Curtis holds a strong hand again in this with ex-pointer Churchtown Love and FORYOURINFORMATION. The latter was beaten at odds-on on his racecourse debut at Bangor but would probably have won had he been ridden with more restraint and compensation awaits here.
Capilla (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Held up, left handy after 2f, ridden over 4f out, weakened 3f out, eased, 7th of 11, 43l behind Justanother Muddle (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (5) hvy in Dec.
Ashford Wood (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) Held up, outpaced 5f out, rallied 3f out, chased winner 2f out, stayed on well, closing throughout final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Justanother Muddle (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (5) hvy in Dec.
Castanum (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Towards rear, ridden and hung left over 5f out, soon behind, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Gunner Fifteen (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Final Nudge (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway 6f out, ran slightly wide on home turn, chased winner 2f out, no impression, stayed on one pace, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Definitly Red (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Foryourinformation 5-6fav (11-9) With leader, led over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, stayed on under pressure, headed close home, 2nd of 4, hd behind A Vos Gardes (10-7) at Bangor 2m 1f mdn nat hunt flat (6) sft in Nov.
Magnum Too (IRE) Westerner gelding out of Glenair Lucy.
Picodean 25-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, effort over 3f out, soon chased leading pair, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 3rd 1f out, 4th of 10, 8l behind Imagine The Chat (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m mdn nat hunt flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Rock On Rocky Overbury gelding out of Tachometer.
Shadow Cruise (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, prominent, carried left on bend after 2f, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 11, 40l behind Justanother Muddle (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (5) hvy in Dec.
Southsea Island (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Led and took keen hold, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened, 6th of 9, 18l behind Bally Longford (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat gd in Apr.
Churchtown Love (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Mid div, prog to jn ldrs 3out, 2nd bef last,kow to get up last stride, won at Belharbour 3m ire ptp sft in Feb '13 beating Lady Cloudings (11-7) by hd, 12 ran.
Bobtail Nomadic Way gelding out of Rabbit.
Obistar (FR) Astarabad gelding out of Vallee Du Luy.