SEA LORD easily got off the mark at Southwell last time and, though that form hasn't worked out, still has plenty of untapped potential and should be good enough to defy his penalty. Bumper winner Broughtons Star appears the pick of Willie Musson's three runners but a number of the others having winning form on the Flat including Spirit Of Xaar, The Wonga Coup, Nelson's Bay and hurdling newcomer Son Vida. Flashy Star was second in a maiden hurdle at Worcester last month and should strip fitter here but may need further.
Sea Lord (IRE) Evensfav (10-12) Led, mistake 2nd, headed 3rd, tracked leader, led again briefly 4th, led 5 out, headed 3 out, regained lead before 2 out, clear before last, easily, won at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd beating Daliance (10-8) by 10l, 9 ran.
Broughtons Bandit 40-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway after 5th, weakened approaching 2 out where mistake, 8th of 11, 38l behind Kuda Huraa (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Broughtons Star 20-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway after 5th, went 3rd after 3 out, never on terms with front pair, not fluent last, no extra flat, 3rd of 11, 23l behind Springinherstep (10-6) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Life Of Laughter (USA) 16-1 (10-12) Mistake 2nd, always behind, tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Asaid (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs in Jan '12.
Son Vida (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Took keen hold, tracked leader until led narrowly over 8f out until over 3f out, chased leader until over 2f out, chased leaders, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 12l behind El Bravo (10-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am hcp 0-55 (6) pol (flat).
Spirit of Xaar (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) In rear, some headway before 2 out, never dangerous, 5th of 8, well behind Turn Over Sivola (11-5) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
The Wonga Coup (IRE) 80-1 (10-7) In rear, mistake 1st, mistake 2nd and rider lost iron briefly some way after hurdle, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Smart Catch (11-1) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar '11.
Checkpoint 3-1 (10-0) Raced keenly, prominent on outside, driven over 2f out, soon lost place, weakened final furlong, 5th of 6, 19l behind Refer (8-9) at Bath 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) gf in Apr (flat).
Nelson's Bay 14-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 10, 41l behind Jimmie Brown (10-6) at Wetherby 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd in Apr.
Flashy Star 13-2 (10-9) Led 1st, pressed 2 out, headed before last, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 11, 7l behind Fairyinthewind (10-9) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.