Endofdiscusion was left behind when the pace quickened on his hurdling debut at Leicester but that was a promising start and he has leading claims here. Bumper winner Cardinal Rose is best watched, however, after another poor effort over hurdles at Doncaster last week while Flat winner Changing The Guard has shown little aptitude for the winter game so far. PERSIAN SNOW won an Ascot bumper last season and was lightly-raced thereafter. He has the size and scope to do well over hurdles and can get off the mark here, though C&D third Zahirah Moon has ability and should be in the firing-line with her mare's allowance.
Captain Scarlett (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Close up until weakened before 3 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Meister Eckhart (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Cardinal Rose 25-1 (11-0) Mid-division, reminder afetr 5th, soon behind, 11th of 15, well behind Open Hearted (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Cashwell 16-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, weakened before 4f out, 7th of 15, 15l behind Viking Ridge (10-11) at Huntingdon 2m cond NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Changing The Guard 100-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, weakened from 7th, 8th of 14, 42l behind King's Grace (11-0) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Endofdiscusion (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leader until 5th, not fluent next, went 2nd before 2 out, no chance with winner, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Zama Zama (11-0) at Leicester 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Giveitachance (IRE) 200-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, in rear from 4 out, pushed along before 3 out, soon weakened, left 3rd 2 out, hampered by lose horse, no impression, 3rd of 6, well behind Forgotten Gold (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Italian Legace (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Prominent, weakened approaching straight, 9th of 16, well behind Sizing Symphony (11-4) at Killarney 2m 4f Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) gd in Jul.
Mister Twirley (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Chsd ldrs; wknd 15, last of 5, 31l behind Turtle Tim (12-0) at Bratton Down 3m ptp gf in May.
Persian Snow (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Mid-division, hampered 12f out, ridden over 4f out, no impression final 3f, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 20, 39l behind Steps To Freedom (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f nat hunt flat Grade 2 (1) gd in Apr.
Transfer 100-1 (10-12) In rear, mistakes, weakened before 4 out, 9th of 15, 49l behind Rowan Tiger (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Val Mondo (GER) 100-1 (10-9) Towards rear, weakened from 3 out, 10th of 14, well behind King's Grace (11-0) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Wadswick Ben 11-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, not fluent 6th, headway to chase leaders 10th, in 3rd and one pace when fell last, in a race won by Power Pack Jack (11-2) at Stratford 2m 7f 5yo nov hcp (4) sft in Mar '10, 10 ran.
Come On Annie Karinga Bay mare out of Irish Ferry.
Fenney Mill 8-1 (10-12) Held up, pushed along 11f out, headway 9f out, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 9, 34l behind Russie With Love (10-9) at Aintree 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Fraam Lea 200-1 (9-10) Towards rear, ridden after 4 out, never dangerous, 9th of 15, 20l behind Banyan Tree (11-4) at Ludlow 2m nov clm hdl (5) gd in Dec.
Zahirah Moon 20-1 (10-5) Took keen hold, held up in touch, not fluent 8th, 3rd and beaten 3 out, no extra next, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Lady Kathleen (10-10) at Ludlow 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.