The consistent Bazart bids for a hat-trick and looks to have every chance despite a penalty for his recent C&D victory. Cruise In Style and Aughcarra were well behind the selection last time when Gulf Of Aqaba was pulled up, but Welcome Stranger went close at this track when last seen in April and could figure. Priest Field and Space Telescope are both out of sorts, while MR BACHSTER got no further than the second hurdle at Huntingdon last month. However, he was quietly fancied that day and with Victor Dartnall's string in fine form and a conditional taking 7lb off his back, he has leading claims if putting in a clear round.
Welcome Stranger 3-1 (11-5) Made most to 5th, remained in touch, led again after 2 out, soon ridden and hard pressed, mistake and headed narrowly last, kept on until no extra final 110 yards, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Gainsborough's Art (10-0) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.
Priest Field (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Led, headed after 3 out, weakened after next, 9th of 11, 28l behind Bazart (10-0) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Marju King (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) Always behind, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Merehead (11-7) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Space Telescope (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Tracked leader until 5th, jumped slowly next, soon ridden, weakened approaching 3 out, 12th of 15, 46l behind Classical Mist (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Mr Bachster (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Led to after 1st, tracked leader until fell next, in a race won by The Grey One (10-8) at Huntingdon 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Oct, 10 ran.
Red Whisper 20-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, pulled hard, not fluent 4th, ridden after 3 out, weakening when mistake 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Giant O Murchu (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) fm in Oct.
Lost Arca (FR) 22-1 (10-9) Not fluent, led until before 2nd, tracked leaders, weakened after 3 out, 5th of 6, well behind Fennis Boy (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Acapulco Bay 25-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, ridden before 3 out, one pace, 7th of 12, 36l behind Gross Prophet (11-5) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy.
Bazart 4-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, led after 3 out, ridden out, won at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Prince Of King (10-7) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Rolanta (FR) 22-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear in 4th, went 3rd before 3 out, mistake 2 out, soon beaten, 3rd of 5, 24l behind Baccalaureate (11-12) at Ludlow 2m sll hdl (5) gd.
Weet In Nerja 100-1 (10-5) In rear, blundered 3rd, pushed along before 3 out, soon weakened, last of 5, well behind Baccalaureate (11-12) at Ludlow 2m sll hdl (5) gd.
Cider Lolly 100-1 (10-5) In rear, hampered 1st, not always fluent, struggling 9th, 5th of 9, well behind Tara Rose (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Cruise In Style (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) In touch in mid-division, not fluent 5th, closed 3 out, no extra approaching last, 4th of 11, 15l behind Bazart (10-0) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Aughcarra (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear on outside, hit 3 out, some headway after 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 25l behind Bazart (10-0) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Softly Killing Me 50-1 (10-4) Prominent, took keen hold, tracked winner after 2nd until after 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 12, 43l behind With Grace (10-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gf in May.
Gulf Of Aqaba (USA) 50-1 (10-2) Prominent, took keen hold, not fluent 3rd or 4th, soon lost place, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Bazart (10-0) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd, 11 ran.