Quickly Origny is well worth considering whilst Hatta Stream and Pere Blanc rate highly but preference is for a newcomer in the form of STATUS SYMBOL. Giles Bravery has had just the three runners in bumpers in the past five seasons but one of those has won and he could double his tally in this contest. The five year-old has clearly had his problems as he's failed to live up to the exploits of a number of his siblings who have achieved a decent standard on the level in France but he could well prove too strong for this field if he shares a fraction of their ability. Noel Chance won this race last year and the form of Quickly Origny's run at Ludlow received a boost in the week whilst his pilot is able to claim 10lbs on his first ride in public. Hatta Stream and Pere Blanc have both shown a modicum of ability whilst Robin De Creuse faces a far easier task than he did on his debut in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham and he could fare better as a result but we'll look no further than Status Symbol.
King Kieren (IRE) 22-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway from 3f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 5l behind Yemeni Princess (10-1) at Lingfield 2m mdn nat hunt flt (4-6yo) (6) std in Feb.
My Victor 100-1 (10-12) Always in rear, last of 16, well behind Oscar Whisky (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (5) gd in Mar '09.
Oh So Classy Classic Cliche gelding out of Oh So Windy.
Pere Blanc (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 12, 14l behind Rock On Ruby (11-4) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn NH flat (5) gs in Feb.
Quickly Origny (FR) 14-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway after 5f, led 7f out, headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 21l behind Old Mcdonald (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nhf (4) sft in Dec.
Status Symbol (IRE) Polish Precedent gelding out of Desired.
Miss Bolte Karinga Bay mare out of Cherry Lee.
Hatta Stream (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Held up, headway 6f out, chased leader 4f out until well over 2f out, outpaced final 2f, 3rd of 10, 13l behind There And Then (11-0) at Southwell 2m Nat Hunt Flat (AWT) (4yo) (4) std in Feb.
Indian Ghyll (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, chased leader, led 10f out, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 13, 49l behind Dragon's Roost (11-4) at Newbury 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Mr Roosevelt (UAE) 16-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, never in contention, 10th of 16, 31l behind The Laodicean (10-12) at Huntingdon 1m 6f 3yo nhf (5) gd in Nov.
Robin De Creuse (FR) 50-1 (10-12) Prominent, weakened 2f out, 14th of 15, 40l behind Tetlami (11-2) at Cheltenham 1m 6f 4yo NH flat (Listed) (1) sft in Jan.