It was disappointing that BALTIMORE ROCK was beaten when odds-on at Kempton earlier this month but it was only his third start over hurdles so we'll give him another chance here, despite a subsequent 4lb weight rise. Southwell winner Whispering Harry takes a steep rise in class off a 12lb higher mark but Zafranagar would be interesting if back to his best as he beat Canadian Diamond at Leicester in November. Hold Court and Grams And Ounces are others well treated on past form and Zarzal is versatile and can't be ignored.
Canadian Diamond (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) In touch, soon mid-division, weakened after 3 out, 8th of 15, 26l behind Quick Decisson (10-12) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
Zarzal (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd 8th, 4th and held when fell 3 out, in a race won by Lord Of House (11-7) at Ludlow 2m (3) hvy in Jan, 5 ran.
Hold Court (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Held up in touch on outside, ridden and beaten 2 out, weakened before last, last of 7, 12l behind No No Bingo (11-0) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Miss Tique (FR) 16-1 (11-11) Held up, headway 7th, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 6th of 7, well behind Touch Back (11-10) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Baltimore Rock (IRE) 8-11fav (11-6) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, smooth headway on outside 3 out, tracked leaders on bit before 2 out, went 2nd approaching and hit 2 out, soon ridden and held, not fluent last, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Loyaute (11-10) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) hvy.
Zafranagar (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, never involved, lost modest 5th flat, 6th of 12, 17l behind Aldopicgros (10-7) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy.
Grams And Ounces 20-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, weakened after 3 out, 14th of 15, well behind Quick Decisson (10-12) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
Thinger Licht (FR) 33-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, lost place 3rd, pushed along after next, behind 6th, 6th of 8, well behind Stow (10-11) at Leicester 2m 4f sell hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Whispering Harry 9-4fav (11-4) Towards rear, pushed along after 4th, headway before 4 out, challenged after 3 out, led 2 out, clear before last, won at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy beating Pagham Belle (10-9) by 7l, 8 ran.