Hold Court won bumpers here and at Fontwell last season and has also been placed in a point-to-point. He is very interesting now his attention is switched to hurdles but this sharp track will almost certainly suit BAB AL SALAM who just needed the run, his first for 20 months, when third to Dubai Glory on his hurdling debut at Huntingdon - he gets the nod. Calaf has been in good form in modest company on the Flat and had Lastofthemohicans well behind when winning a Haydock seller last month but Spa's Dancer has much better form on the level, though could have stamina issues over timber. Drum Valley has plenty of scope and preferred to Sparville and Mickie of the others.
Bab Al Salam (USA) 9-4fav (10-12) In touch, headway 4 out, soon chasing leaders, effort before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Dubai Glory (10-2) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Baby Driver 12-1 (9-0) Pulled hard, soon prominent, pushed along in centre halfway, hung left inside final 2f, weakened soon after, 10th of 11, 18l behind One Way Or Another (9-3) at Brighton 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep (flat).
Calaf 9-2 (9-7) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway over 3f out, not clear run from over 3f out until switched left over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Bridle Belle (9-5) at York 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft (flat).
Drum Valley 11-4fav (10-7) Keen tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 5l behind Sky Watch (11-2) at Sandown 2m NH flat (5) gd in Feb.
Freckle Face 22-1 (10-9) Led until ran out 3rd, in a race won by Cruise In Style (9-13) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs, 20 ran.
Hold Court (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, lost place 11f out, well beaten over 3f out, 9th of 12, 21l behind Shutthefrontdoor (11-2) at Newbury 2m Listed NH flat (1) gs in Feb.
Lastofthemohicans (FR) 10-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 12l behind Calaf (9-7) at Haydock 1m 4f sell stks (4) gf in Sep (flat).
Maison Royale 25-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, led after 3f, headed 7f out, beaten over 1f out, 6th of 12, 8l behind Troyan (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nhf (5) gd.
Newton Thistle 20-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind The Jugopolist (10-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks (5) gs.
Pie Poudre 40-1 (8-11) Slowly away, always in rear, 10th of 11, 8l behind Intiqaal (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr (flat).
Prize Point 66-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, led until 3 out where hampered, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 43l behind Porgy (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Sep.
Spa's Dancer (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Pulled hard tracked leaders, weakening when hit 3out, pulled up next, in a race won by World Heritage (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep '11, 12 ran.
Sparville (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Mid-division on inside, took keen hold, mistake 1st, headway 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, 4th of 10, 29l behind Taquin Du Seuil (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
Mickie 7-1 (10-6) In touch, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Monkey Kingdom (10-13) at Ludlow 2m mdn NH flat (6) sft in Apr.