The four-year-old SAMETEGAL has won three of his five starts over hurdles and was only beaten a length in a Grade 2 at Doncaster on his penultimate outing. He's been done favours by the assessor on his handicap debut but Harry Derham's claim is a plus and he may well be good enough to beat his elders. Home Run's five-timer in December and January included two victories over track and trip but he was beaten here off his new mark 12 days ago while Oscar Nominee has a welter burden on his return to action, though had some good form around this time last year including a third at The Festival. Meganisi won well at Newbury in November but that form hasn't worked out and he was the first beaten in a Grade 2 at Ascot subsequently.
Oscar Nominee (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) In rear, not fluent 2nd, pushed along after next, headway after 2 out, switched left approaching last, kept on well flat, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 24, 1/2l behind Attaglance (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) gd in Mar.
Sametegal (FR) 5-4fav (11-8) Tracked leader, challenged 5th, led next, clear 2 out, ridden out, won at Musselburgh 2m 4yo hdl (2) gs beating Docs Legacy (11-0) by 8l, 7 ran.
Chesil Beach Boy 12-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, rapid headway to to chase leaders after 2nd, hung right and led after 3 out, headed and outpaced before next, plugged on same pace after, 8th of 12, 15l behind Lord Of House (9-9) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Jan.
Meganisi (IRE) 10-3 (11-7) Tracked leaders, mistakes and not fluent throughout, driven 3 out, weakened next, eased last, modest 4th, last of 4, 35l behind Puffin Billy (11-7) at Ascot 2m nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Dec.
Home Run (GER) 4-1 (11-3) Led until after 4th, under pressure 3 out, soon rallied, stayed on under pressure after last, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Mr Mole (11-12) at Taunton 2m 1f Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) hvy.
Barizan (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Mistake 1st, held up last, struggling 3 out, well beaten when not fluent 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 11, 34l behind Whitby Jack (10-5) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Jan.