Michael Scudamore's point-to-point winner HEMINGTON ran well back under rules when last seen when finishing a decent third behind Dennis The Legend in the valuable Champion Novices' Hunters' Chase at Stratford in May and a reproduction of the form shown that day may see him being good enough to take the honours in this contest so he gets the vote with the main dangers rated as We're Confused and Oranger. Tony Martin's gelding ran well back under rules when finishing an admittedly well beaten third behind Baby Run on testing ground at Warwick last week and he has to be considered, especially if the market speaks in his favour. Cash In Hand has a bit to find with the selection on Stratford running and of more interest may be David Easterby's My Old Piano, who has disappointed in previous starts under rules but has shown improved form in recent starts between the flags. Shraden Edition made a pleasing reappearance here last month and has to be considered but he tends to find at least one too good and a bigger threat may be We're Confused, who ran well when chasing home Pristine Condition at Market Rasen last month. The vote though goes the way of Michael Scudamore's Hemington in the hope that he is fit enough to show the form that he is capable of.
Buckingham Bill (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Ap; disp ld 12-15; rdn ld 2 out; stayed on, won at Whitfield 3m ptp gs in Feb beating Sweden (12-0) by 8l, 10 ran.
Cash In Hand (IRE) 66-1 (11-10) Soon led, headed 3rd, remained prominent, under pressure when hampered and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Dennis The Legend (11-10) at Stratford 3m 4f nov hts chs (2) gd in May, 16 ran.
Hemington 25-1 (11-10) Prominent, led 3rd, headed 9th, every chance last, weakened flat, 3rd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Dennis The Legend (11-10) at Stratford 3m 4f nov hts chs (2) gd in May.
Lord Attica (IRE) 14-1 (12-0) Bhnd til pu 13, in a race won by Reach For The Top (12-0) at Detling 3m ptp gd in Feb, 7 ran.
My Old Piano (IRE) 4-7 (12-5) Ww; str run 3 out; led last; easy, won at Witton Castle 3m ptp gs in Feb beating Joseph (12-0) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
On Top (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) In tch til wknd 4 out; pu 2 out, in a race won by Fresh Fruit (11-7) at Thorpe Lodge 3m ptp in Feb, 8 ran.
Oranger (FR) 33-1 (11-7) Prominent early, held up in 5th, weakened 10th, went remote 3rd approaching 2 out, tailed off, 3rd of 6, 45l behind Baby Run (12-3) at Warwick 3m hts chs (6) hvy in Feb.
Shraden Edition 10-1 (11-7) Chased leaders approaching 2nd, pushed along after 6th, hampered 8th, weakened 2 out, went 2nd near finish, 2nd of 8, 29l behind Lisadell King (11-11) at Leicester 2m 4f nov hunt chs (6yo+) (5) gd in Feb.
Sub Artic (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Went prom 12; wknd app last, 3rd of 14, 19l behind Melteme (12-0) at Barbury Racecourse 3m ptp in Feb.
We're Confused 9-2 (12-0) Held up towards rear, outpaced 10th, headway approaching 12th, chase winner 3 out, kept on from last, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Pristine Condition (12-0) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hts chs (6) sft in Feb.
William Somers (12-0) Made most; clr 3 out, won at Barbury Racecourse 3m ptp in Feb beating Even Homer Nods (12-0) by 12l, 8 ran.
Blackcomb Mountain (USA) 20-1 (11-7) A bhnd; to, 6th of 12, well behind One Cool Knight (12-0) at Detling 3m ptp gd in Feb.
Cracking Cliche 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 9th, bumped 15th, weakened 4 out, 8th of 10, well behind Bob Hall (12-4) at Ludlow 3m hts chs (5) gd in Feb.
No Virtue (11-12) Ap; one pce 3 out, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Rumbury Grey (12-0) at Black Forest Lodge 3m ptp in Feb.