An ordinary affair in which Harry Fry's French import Vauban Du Seuil, who won a bumper last June, is sure to be popular. All But Grey has been quite highly tried so far, as has BE BOP BORU. Tim Vaughan's charge probably has the scope to do better as he beat Devil's Dyke in a Ludlow bumper last season so he gets a tentative vote. Newforge House and Rugged Jack also had form in bumpers but both disappointed over hurdles last time, as did Georgea.
All But Grey 66-1 (11-0) In touch, pushed along approaching 3 out, weakened before next, 10th of 22, well behind Josses Hill (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Arcas (IRE) 200-1 (10-9) Took keen hold chasing leaders, losing place when bumped 7th, soon behind, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Tagrita (10-7) at Exeter 2m 7f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec, 11 ran.
Baksheesh 100-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, 10th of 12, 44l behind The Skyfarmer (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Bandol (IRE) 200-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Strollawaynow (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft, 12 ran.
Be Bop Boru (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, tailed off, 11th of 15, well behind Aubusson (10-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Devil's Dyke (USA) 33-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, weakened before 4 out, 14th of 15, well behind Masquerade (10-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Newforge House (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Led, jumped left at times, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 29l behind Garrahalish (10-12) at Towcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec.
Rugged Jack (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Held up in 6th, headway approaching 6th, chased leaders next, blundered 8th, ridden and weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Tagrita (10-7) at Exeter 2m 7f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Vauban Du Seuil (FR) (9-13) won at Cluny(FR) 1m 4f 4yo nhf sft in Jun, 10 ran.
Georgea (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Led, not that fluent, clear after 2nd until 4th, headed 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 10, 29l behind Lady Charisma (10-12) at Towcester 2m (4) gs in Nov.
The Selector 80-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, pushed along and losing place when not fluent 5th, soon behind, tailed off, 14th of 16, well behind Stand To Reason (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Dec.