Bodega and Saffron Prince are the pick here on past form but neither exactly covered themselves in glory last time and already look exposed. Vermouth Bleu appears to have gone backwards since a fourth to Captain Cutter at Market Rasen in December so we'll take a chance on hurdling newcomer LOCHNAGAR. He has his first run for Venetia Williams but was placed twice over middle-distance in France last year and had won twice in Germany as a three-year-old.
Alberto's Dream Fantastic Spain gelding out of Molly's Folly.
Bodega 8-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, effort before 3 out, never dangerous, 10th of 17, well behind Rainbow Peak (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Kagouillot (FR) 50-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, 8th of 9, well behind Horatio Hornblower (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Lochnagar (GER) (9-5) 2nd of 5 Smoky Hill (9-2) at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 1m 4f 4yo stk gd in Jul (flat).
River Clare (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, weakened after 4 out, last of 6, well behind Zamdy Man (11-11) at Haydock 2m nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Saffron Prince 25-1 (11-4) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 18l behind Ellnando Queen (10-8) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Scribe (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Prominent, pushed allong before 3 out, soon weakened, 14th of 16, well behind My Guardian Angel (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Shays River (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up 3rd and last, struggling 10th, no chance with front pair, continued tailed off, last of 3, well behind Edmund Kean (11-7) at Ludlow 3m nov chs (4) hvy.
Sleepy (FR) 66-1 (11-4) Held up, always towards rear, 9th of 13, 25l behind Ellnando Queen (10-8) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Vermouth Bleu (FR) 14-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders and keen, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 11, 26l behind Diamond King (11-12) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Nowweareseven 7-2fav (11-0) Chased leaders, lost place soon after halfway, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Molly's A Diva (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m mrs N H flat (6) hvy in Jan '13.
Passing Fiesta 150-1 (10-11) Mid-division on outside, closed after 4th, lost place 6th, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 14, 50l behind Milo Man (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Sarahs Doll 100-1 (10-7) Held up behind, struggling 4th, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Minella Reception (11-3) at Ludlow 2m NH mdn hdl (4) hvy.