Return Spring showed the benefit of his hurdling debut in good company at Chepstow by winning by 14 lengths at Ludlow. He sets a decent standard and should go well again, despite his penalty. Highland Retreat made a winning start under Rules over 3m at Exeter and is another to consider while Midnight Appeal is a five times winner over fences, though this looks like a pipe-opener before he resumes his chasing career. LONG WAVE made a favourable impression when third at Uttoxeter on his hurdles bow in October. He'll strip fitter here and his form in point-to-points stands up to scrutiny - we'll take him to get off the mark today. Cornerhouse Sam, Fromthetop and Ravens Brook are also points winners but lack a recent outing.
Return Spring (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 7th, went 2nd next, led before 3 out, clear 2 out, easily, won at Ludlow 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov beating Third Of The Third (10-12) by 14l, 8 ran.
Cornerhouse Sam (IRE) 11-2 (12-0) (tt) mists; went 3rd 15; wknd nxt, 5th of 11, 17l behind Moscow Me (11-7) at Lower Machen 3m ptp gs in May.
Emperor Commodos 40-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd and hit 6th, lost 2nd and weakened rapidly well before 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, 40l behind Swampfire (11-5) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Fromthetop (IRE) 5-4 (12-0) Chsd ldrs, 4th & mstk 5out, ld aftr 2out, so flat, snugly, won at Liscarroll 3m ire ptp gd in Mar beating Ardkilly Witness (12-0) by 1l, 15 ran.
Hidden Springs 100-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 8th of 14, 24l behind Chasing Aces (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gs in Nov '10.
Highland Retreat 10-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, joined leader 8th, led narrowly 4 out, ridden and headed narrowly flat, rallied to regain lead post, won at Exeter 2m 7f am nov hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Alberobello (10-10) by hd, 8 ran.
Jimmy The Hat (IRE) 6-4 (12-0) 5th of 14, 13l behind No Pain No Gain (12-0) at Charing 3m ptp gd in Jan.
Long Wave (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, jumped right 2nd, closed 4th, went 2nd after next, ridden 3 out, one pace in 3rd when not fluent last, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Grouse Lodge (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Marico (FR) 150-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division on outer, pushed along and weakened before 7th, tailed off before 5 out, soon fell, in a race won by Duke Of Monmouth (10-5) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov, 10 ran.
Midnight Appeal 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, every chance approaching 2 out, no extra flat, 4th of 10, 7l behind Victor Leudorum (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
No Duffer 9-2 (11-0) Prominent, took keen hold, mistake 6th, not fluent next, weakened before 8th, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Hollow Penny (11-0) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Raduis Bleu (FR) 33-1 (11-5) Raced wide first two, tracked leaders, lost place after 7th, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Okafranca (10-4) at Taunton 3m nov hcp 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 11 ran.
Ravens Brook (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Ww, prog 3out, ld 2out, row, won at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp in Jun beating Ibetellingyoualie (12-0) by 6l, 13 ran.