Zulu Oscar will be popular having shown progressive form before getting off the mark at Wincanton in November. Chase The Wind was placed three times in bumpers last year and ran well over hurdles last time while Ourmanmassini was second to Ellnando Queen here last month, though would probably prefer a bit further. As De Mee won in France and gets a hefty allowance but JOANNE ONE might be the one to beat. She won a Listed bumper in Ireland in 2012 and has already scored twice over timber this season. Her defeat at Market Rasen last month could have been down to the longer trip.
Captain Ocana (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Raced in last, not fluent and lost touch 5th, tailed off after, left 4th 4 out, 4th of 5, well behind Oscar Whisky (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs (2) gd in Dec.
Chase The Wind (IRE) 7-4fav (11-6) Behind, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, kept on same pace approaching last, 4th of 14, 4l behind Vikekhal (11-6) at Plumpton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Chunck Alflora gelding out of Gaye Fame.
Crackerjack 14-1 (10-13) Mid-division, took keen hold, not fluent 2nd, headway after 3 out, ran on flat, not quite able to challenge, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Seaside Shuffle (11-4) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl (3yo+) (5) gd in Dec.
Niceboy (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Disputed lead until 4th, chased leader until after 6th, beaten before next, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Peqeno Diablo (10-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 5 ran.
Ourmanmassini (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, ridden and headway on inside over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Ellnando Queen (10-8) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Smart Story 5-2 (12-0) Cl up til outpcd 3 out; rallied nxt; fin wl, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Wrestow Lady (11-0) at Warwickshire 2m 5f ptp gd in May.
Sonofagun (FR) 7-4fav (11-9) Chased leaders, mistake 11th, blundered badly, nearly unseated rider and went 2nd 3 out, no impression when lost 2nd 2 out, weakened approaching last, 5th of 6, 18l behind Chestnut Ben (11-6) at Newbury 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Dec.
Thomastown (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Alw pr & ld, ev ch last, not qckn with wnr but kow, 2nd of 13, 3l behind Louis Phillipe (12-0) at Glenbane 3m ire ptp gd in Oct '12.
Zulu Oscar 5-1 (11-4) Pressed leader, led over 5f out, ridden and hard pressed over 1f out, stayed on strongly towards finish, won at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov beating Inner Drive (10-11) by 2l, 14 ran.
Joanne One (IRE) 7-4fav (10-8) Tracked leaders, led after 6th, headed and hit next, not fluent 3 out, led again before 2 out, not fluent last, driven flat, headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Lamps (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan.
Neston Grace 33-1 (11-2) Took keen hold tracking leaders, pushed along before 6th, weakened before next, tailed off, 6th of 7, 36l behind Down Ace (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f (1) hvy in Dec.
Redinga 100-1 (10-12) Soon well behind, lost touch 3rd, struggling when mistake next, tailed off when went left next & soon pulled up, in a race won by Definite Ruby (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Apr, 12 ran.
As De Mee (FR) .