Those with form under National Hunt Rules in this are a decidedly modest bunch so it would be no surprise if the winner came from one of the four hurdling newcomers. ROSIE PROBERT was placed in maidens at Salisbury and Chepstow last year for Roger Charlton and is now with Nicky Henderson. She lacks a recent run but may still be good enough as Shelford, a winner at Leopardstown over 1m4f last year for John Oxx, has done little since on the Flat. Odin has won three times up to 1m2f on the level and can't be ignored.
Haveumistim 100-1 (10-9) Held up, ridden 4th, behind from next, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Deep Trouble (10-12) at Worcester 2m nov hdl (4) gd.
Mac Le Couteau 25-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 4f out, 11th of 15, 38l behind Josh Deets (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in Sep.
Odin (IRE) 9-2fav (9-9) Tracked leaders on inside, lost place 4f out, not much room over 3f out, no impression after, 4th of 7, 10l behind Bradbury (8-13) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan (flat).
Shelford (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, chased clear leader until over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 28l behind Seaside Sizzler (9-4) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-90) (3) pol in Apr (flat).
Milaneen 33-1 (11-0) In touch, dropped to mid-division 3rd, weakened 2 out (usual 3 out), tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Loyaute (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Pru Weld mare out of Floranz.
Tarmac Girl 6-1 (10-3) In touch, pushed along after 5th, weakened 2 out, 6th of 11, 19l behind Golden Acorn (10-6) at Stratford 2m mrs nov sll hdl (5) gs.
Rosie Probert 9-4 (8-12) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened towards finish, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Monshak (8-12) at Chepstow 1m 4f fll mdn stks (5) hvy in Jun (flat).