Emma Lavelle's string couldn't be in better form and you'd expect Tidal Dance to step up on his third at Wincanton, his first try over timber. But the one to beat looks to be SHERNANDO, who has won three times on the Flat and showed promise in a couple of starts last season over hurdles. His comeback third at Ascot came in much better company than this. Hand On Bach is a point-to-point winner and was always going to struggle over 2m at Newbury. He should do better now given a test of stamina but it's difficult to see many of the others getting involved.
Admiral Boom (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) In rear, ridden 4 out, never on terms, 8th of 13, well behind Kenai Peninsula (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Hand On Bach (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, headway 3rd, no extra 2 out, 9th of 13, 43l behind Puffin Billy (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Milansbar (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and beaten 3 out, 8th of 12, 29l behind Heather Royal (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Roparta Avenue 100-1 (10-10) Reluctant leader, set steady pace early, headed 6th, weakened after 9th, pulled up soon after 4 out, in a race won by Enter Milan (10-13) at Fakenham 2m 7f nh nov hdl (3) sft in May, 6 ran.
Shernando 7-2 (10-12) Held up behind in touch, headway 3 out, went 3rd before next, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair before last, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Easter Day (11-3) at Ascot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Steepleofcopper (IRE) 11-2 (12-0) Rcd 6th, 4th at 9th, sn wknd, 5th of 14, 5l behind Tusker View (11-4) at Ballinaboola 3m ire ptp sft in Nov '11.
Ten More (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Towards rear, blundered 6th, tailed off when mistake 7th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Manger Hanagment (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep '11, 13 ran.
Tidal Dance (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 12, 15l behind Gas Line Boy (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Rose Stone 200-1 (9-13) Held up mid-division, in rear from 5th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Barton Stacey (11-0) at Towcester 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gf in May, 13 ran.
Winnie Wood 66-1 (10-12) Chased leading pair, ridden and lost 3rd before 7th, weakened next, soon behind, 5th of 9, well behind Ballinahow Star (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft.