Jockeyship will be as important as form in this amateur riders' handicap hurdle though Tin Pot Man, Feeling and Dark Energy are among those arriving in good heart. Silver Coaster is usually thereabouts in this grade while Kahsabelle must have some sort of chance but Big Robert is looking a light of former days while Himayna is still awaiting a first success after 27 attempts. PALIO SQUARE has been sent off favourite in his last two starts at Wincanton and Taunton and hasn't been beaten far. Bradley Gibbs has ridden a few winners lately and is good value for his 7lb claim so John Flint's five-year-old can finally get his head in front today over timber.
Tin Pot Man (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 8th, mistakes 12th and 14th, went 2nd before 4 out, stayed on, unable to challenge, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Dunkelly Castle (11-2) at Ffos Las 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Aug.
Kahsabelle (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders on inside, hit 4th, pushed along before 7th, weakened after 3 out, mistake next, 5th of 10, 27l behind Boomtown (9-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Dark Energy 5-2 (10-3) Keen chased leaders, went 2nd after 3rd , lead approaching 2 out, ridden out, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs beating Chicklemix (11-5) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
Palio Square (USA) 4-1fav (10-9) Took keen hold chasing leaders, pushed along after 3 out, ridden and held in 4th before 2 out, hit last, kept on flat, went 4th close home, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Key To Milan (10-2) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Big Robert 25-1 (10-8) Towards rear, mistake 8th, soon behind, tailed off, 12th of 17, well behind Beside The Fire (11-9) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Himayna 3-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, driven and every chance 2 out, kept on same pace approaching last, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Farbreaga (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f Conditional Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-95) (3yo+) (5) sft in Oct.
Ladies Best 50-1 (11-0) Slowly away, in rear, behind after 5th, tailed off, 5th of 9, well behind Louis Ludwig (10-9) at Stratford 2m 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Aug.
Balustrade (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) In touch, lost place 4th, soon ridden, behind 6th, pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Hi Ho Silvia (10-12) at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp hld 0-95 (5) gf in May, 8 ran.
Mount Welcome (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, took keen hold, mistake 5th, well beaten 3 out, 8th of 11, 44l behind Lisdonagh House (10-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Dandyvic (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, weakened 5th, last of 7, 17l behind Surprise Us (10-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 4yo mdn stks (5) sft in Sep.
Feeling (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) In touch, challenged 2 out, led between last 2, ridden last, hard pressed towards finish, just held on, won at Stratford 2m hcp hld 0-95 (5) gs in Oct beating Arkaim (11-3) by hd, 11 ran.
Silver Coaster (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Led, driven and headed between last, kept on same pace, no impression approaching last, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Feeling (10-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hld 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
Highland Park (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Always behind, 11th of 15, 40l behind Kayfrou (10-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Oct.
Potters Dream (IRE) 200-1 (10-12) Always behind, tailed off after 9th, 8th of 10, well behind Nataani (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Icanmotor 16-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, soon ridden, no impression on winner towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Petrarchick (9-8) at Bangor 2m 4f mares nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Tisfreetdream (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 10, well behind Boomtown (9-10) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Garyricken (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Towards rear, pushed along before 5th, soon weakened, jumped left 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 6, 39l behind My Viking Bay (10-5) at Towcester 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) sft in May.
Illegale (IRE) 11-2fav (10-1) Held up in mid-division, headway after 4th, not much room 6th, no extra flat, 6th of 13, 9l behind Petrarchick (9-8) at Bangor 2m 4f mares nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.