Border Station won one of these at odds of 66/1 at Lingfield last week but lightning may not strike twice here. The market will be the best guide to the chances of the returning A Bridge Too Far and Meridiem but Specialagent Alfie isn't without a chance if recapturing the best of his hurdles form and Trackmate was in good form over timber in the summer, winning at Stratford and Uttoxeter, and was tackling Listed opposition when pulled up on this course earlier in the month. SUERTE AL SALTO won a bumper over 1m6f at Fontwell last spring and only found one too good in a couple of decent novice hurdles in November. He may be the one to beat in this though Destroyer Deployed is likely to be staying on well in the closing stages and Glen Countess should be pressing for a place.
A Bridge Too Far (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 7th, rallied after 9th, weakened 2 out, 8th of 9, 30l behind Cape Dutch (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Feb.
Border Station (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, headway over 4f out, stayed on well to led close home, won at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std beating Staigue Fort (11-4) by shd, 14 ran.
Destroyer Deployed 6-1 (11-5) In touch in mid-division, headway when mistake 5th, 4th and driven when not fluent last, stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 14, 4l behind Amigo (11-2) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy.
Don Pooleoni (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Close up in last place, hit 4 out, soon weakened, last of 4, 32l behind Cantlow (11-0) at Plumpton 2m 1f nov chs (3) hvy in Dec.
Karinga Dancer 7-2 (10-12) Held up in touch, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Le Bec (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Meridiem 7-2fav (11-8) Held up in mid-division, took keen hold, headway after 4th, led 2 out, not fluent last, driven out, won at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar beating Prize Fighter (10-1) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Specialagent Alfie 10-1 (11-10) Towards rear, mistake 5th, struggling in 7th after 3 out, weakened, never involved, 11th of 14, well behind Canadian Diamond (10-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Spoil Me (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders before 3 out, went 3rd before last, kept on, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Dormouse (11-7) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.
Suerte Al Salto (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 4th, ridden to lead 2 out, driven and headed run in, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Kenai Peninsula (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Trackmate 25-1 (10-0) Mid-division on outside, ridden 5th, weakened next, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Oscara Dara (11-0) at Kempton 2m 5f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft, 18 ran.
Glen Countess (IRE) 9-2fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, lost place and reminders after 9th, rallied before 3 out, no impression when jumped left 2 out, 6th of 12, 18l behind Trojan Sun (11-10) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft.
The Bishops Baby (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, led 2 out, ridden before last, headed last 50 yards, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Tri Nations (10-6) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Apr '11.