PRICELESS ART has already won three bumper races this season and takes a big drop in class after contesting a Grade 2 at Kelso earlier this month. He hasn't looked a natural jumper of hurdles so far and might not represent much of the way of value but still looks the one to beat. Bocciani has won handicaps here and at Catterick on his last two starts but faces a stiff task here under a double penalty, while neither Provost not stablemate City Ground showed enough on their respective debuts to suggest they'll be winning soon. Phantom Serenade has won twice on the Flat but fellow newcomer Wadnaan may have more scope for improvement and is preferred of that pair today.
Bocciani (GER) 11-4 (11-9) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge 2 out, soon every chance, led after last, stayed on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb beating Rawaaj (11-5) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Colorado Kid (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 14, 23l behind Knight Pass (11-12) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gs in Jan.
Danny Cool 25-1 (11-1) Close up, weakened 3 out, 5th of 6, well behind Ballybriggan (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gd.
Hunters Belt (IRE) 5-2 (11-11) Held up, headway approaching 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 8, 12l behind Alvarado (10-10) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) gf in Mar '09.
Phantom Serenade (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, 9th of 10, 44l behind Princess Aliuska (8-12) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (6) gd in Sep (flat).
Priceless Art (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, chased leaders 4 out, weakened before last, 6th of 10, 25l behind Bold Sir Brian (11-1) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hdl G2 (1) gs.
Provost 50-1 (11-2) In rear, never a factor, 8th of 12, 44l behind Alta Rock (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
City Ground (USA) 28-1 (10-9) Held up in touch and keen, not fluent 4 out, weakening when blundered 3 out, 9th of 15, 39l behind Moose Moran (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Master Performer (USA) 66-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, lost place 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up next, in a race won by Mason Hindmarsh (11-0) at Aintree 2m 1f 3yo hdl (3) gs in Oct, 10 ran.
Pont De Nuit 100-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Mark Twain (11-0) at Catterick 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan, 10 ran.
Umverti 66-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders after 5th, weakened after 3 out, 12th of 16, well behind Shadows Lengthen (10-10) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Wadnaan 9-2 (8-12) Mid-division on outside, headway over 3f out, soon ridden, effort when edged slightly left 2f out, led over 1f out until entering final furlong, no extra, 5th of 16, 5l behind Roxy Flyer (8-11) at Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul (flat).