Morestead is rated 15lb lower over hurdles than fences but has two ways of running. Both Balustrade and Fran's Folly would have a chance on their best form but Aureate has probably run out of chances, even in this lowly grade, while Timetoring was tailed off over fences when unseating his rider at Chepstow. Bumper winner Buddy Love has shown nothing so far over hurdles so OLD MAGIC is probably the safest option, despite failing to justify favouritism off his new mark at Bangor last month.
Morestead (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Led until after 7th, weakened next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by L'Eldorado (11-12) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft, 9 ran.
Oscar Flyer (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, well behind 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Politelysed (10-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Old Magic (IRE) 11-10fav (11-7) Led to 3rd, in touch, driven to chase leading pair after 3 out, kept on same pace, ridden and no impression between last 2, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Lean Burn (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Timetoring 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders until lost place 3rd, struggling in last pair 7th, mistake 8th, poor 5th when mistake and unseated rider next, in a race won by Desperate Dex (11-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Carbis Bay 100-1 (10-7) Led, headed after 4th, chased leader until before 3 out, weakened quickly, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Dunlough Bay (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.
Buddy Love 40-1 (10-10) Towards rear, mistake 4th, tailed off when went right 3 out, 8th of 15, well behind Hidden Identity (11-3) at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Balustrade (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Prominent, lost place 6th, weakening when blundered 7th, pulled up after, in a race won by Tisfreetdream (10-7) at Ludlow 2m 5f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov, 18 ran.
Fran's Folly 9-2 (10-9) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd before 3rd, hit 6th, closed on winner after 3 out, upsides next, level and every chance when fell last, in a race won by Woodlark Island (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Mar, 7 ran.
Whitcombe Spirit 22-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly early, reminder after 4th, outpaced 6th, plugged on to take remote 4th latter stages, 4th of 14, 33l behind Master Of The Sea (11-7) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Aureate 11-2 (10-2) Mid-division, headway approaching 3rd, not fluent when hampered 3 out, soon outpaced, stayed on before last, no impression, 5th of 11, 17l behind Stravita (11-5) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
The Omen 7-2 (10-5) Took keen hold, chased leader until 5th, chased leaders until weakened 3 out, tailed off when mistake next, 7th of 10, well behind Bathwick Junior (10-6) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Alaccordion 66-1 (10-8) Chased leaders on outside, reminders after 5th, lost place 8th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Like Ice (11-7) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar, 10 ran.