Classic Quart could be vulnerable today under a penalty so we will instead nominate SO EXTREME who can get the better of Sovereign Spirit. The selection is a progressive sort who ran his best race yet over hurdles when he chased home Last Flight over this course and distance. He was suited by the step-up to this trip that day and further improvement would make him tough to beat. Classic Quart won well last time but this is more competitive and under a penalty he could be vulnerable today. Sovereign Spirit is a course and distance winner and he looks to be back on a fair mark now so it would be no surprise to see him go close. The Richard Phillips-trained Cortesia is another to consider as she showed improved form for the fitting of blinkers last time and if they work the oracle again here then she would have a solid each-way chance. Star Lady has ability but she was far from fluent over the obstacles last time and she will need to brush-up on her hurdling if she is to get competitive. There are plenty in with chances but we will give the vote to So Extreme.
Classic Quart (IRE) 9-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, led 7th, clear 3 out, easily, won at Cartmel 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May beating Paradise Expected (11-9) by 16l, 12 ran.
Hail The King (USA) 10-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden after 8th, weakened before 2 out, 8th of 13, 33l behind Take A Mile (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Irish Toast (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden after 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 16, 37l behind Fair Point (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Miss Midnight 14-1 (10-8) Always towards rear, 10th of 15, well behind Bernard (11-7) at Exeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Tinchel (IRE) 28-1 (11-4) Behind, no chance when hampered 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Oscar Owen (10-6) at Newbury 3m cnd nov hcp hdl (4) gd in Feb, 16 ran.
Sovereign Spirit (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Took keen hold, always front rank, ridden to challenge 3 out, led 2 out, headed and hit last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 7l behind Job One (11-7) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Directa's Digger (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Behind, reminder after 4th, hampered 8th, never near leaders, 8th of 18, 23l behind Castlemainevillage (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in May '08.
Runaround Sue (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) Blundered 1st, with leader until 8th, steadily lost place, tailed off, 7th of 10, 36l behind Pseudonym (10-9) at Plumpton 2m 5f 4yo Am hcp hdl (4) gf in May.
Kijivu 7-1 (11-8) Chased leader to 5th, ridden and lost place after 8th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Osokenda (10-8) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May, 10 ran.
Baarrij 16-1 (10-6) In rear, reminders after 7th, close 5th, ridden when hampered and unseated rider 9th, in a race won by Share Option (10-7) at Uttoxeter 3m cnd sll hdl (5) gd in May, 8 ran.
So Extreme 25-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, pushed along after 7th, went 2nd 2 out, took narrow lead soon after last, headed on long run, rallied gamely near finish, just held, 2nd of 10, hd behind Last Flight (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in May.
Arabian Sun 11-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, mistake and driven 8th, struggling 10th, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Cross Kennon (12-2) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr.
Cortesia (IRE) 8-1 (10-1) In touch, raced keenly, not fluent when went 2nd 7th, led next, jumped left and hit 3 out, soon headed, lost 2nd when blundered 2 out, weakend last, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Island Arrow (11-7) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Apr.
Code (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, weakened after 7th, tailed off, 7th of 11, 30l behind Newsday (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gf in May.
Star Lady (GER) 16-1 (10-6) Held up in last pair, mistake 2nd, blundered 9th, mistake next, headway after 3 out, 3rd briefly before 2 out, hard ridden and weakened approaching last, 3rd of 10, 15l behind Osokenda (10-8) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May.
Flag Flier 15-2 (10-13) Held up in rear, pushed along 9th, stayed on under pressure from 2 out, not quite pace to challenge, 4th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Airedale Lad (11-5) at Plumpton 2m 5f sell hcp hdl 0-85 (5) gd in Apr.
King Rocky 25-1 (10-5) Jumped badly left, led until after 2nd, chased leaders until weakened after 3 out, 7th of 11, 40l behind Synonymy (10-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Spirit of Tenby (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Rear, ridden and struggling after 6th, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Heir To Be (11-7) at Folkestone 2m 6f sell hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs in Jan, 10 ran.