After finishing third on his hurdling debut at Aintree, Taaresh just scraped home at Worcester last time. A penalty could make life tough here, however, while Tom Wade had shown little prior to his second to Jackson over a longer trip here last time and the winner has been beaten since. We'll take a chance on newcomer AJDAAD, who has been in decent form on the Flat lately and won't mind the ground. Providing his jumping holds up, he should be thereabouts.
Taaresh (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 5th, went 2nd 2 out, challenged flat, ran on to lead near finish, won at Worcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul beating All The Winds (11-5) by nk, 11 ran.
Sunset Resort (IRE) 9-1 (10-3) Not jumped well, in touch, lost place 3rd, weakened 3 out, 7th of 8, well behind Fly Tipper (10-4) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gf in Aug '10.
Yahrab (IRE) 18-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders and keen, went 2nd over 4f out, pushed along over 3f out, lost place from over 2f out, last of 9, 31l behind Striker Torres (8-9) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun (flat).
Ajdaad (USA) 16-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Hail Bold Chief (8-8) at Doncaster 1m 2f app hcp (5) gd (flat).
Baby Judge (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) Pulled hard in rear, ridden when hit 5th, tailed off 3 out, pulled up after, in a race won by Architrave (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (2) gd in Sep, 14 ran.
Jack's Rocket 100-1 (10-10) Always behind, tailed off 4 out, last of 9, well behind Eseej (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Royal Deal 8-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders and keen, pushed along over 3f out, soon ridden, kept on final furlong, 4th of 8, 9l behind Ocean Bluff (8-3) at Beverley 1m 4f sell hcp 0-60 (6) sft (flat).
Tom Wade (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Prominent, went 2nd after 3rd, ridden to lead after 3 out, wandered left before last, headed last 100 yards, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 6, hd behind Jackson (10-7) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.