Each-way backers are well catered for here today and this is another open-looking contest. Church Field won four times over the summer but recent performances suggest he's in the handicapper's grip now and this may also be a stiff task for four-year-old Thinger Licht. Venetia Williams' stable has found its stride so Market Option, who won at Ludlow in March, is worth a second look. Squire Trelawney may have been let in lightly on his handicap debut while Scales beat a subsequent winner at Ffos Las last month, though is 8lb higher now. Thorseby is 7lb higher than his last success and prefers faster ground but conditions won't bother VALID POINT. He's yet to taste defeat on this stiff track over hurdles and, back in the right grade today, is well worth an interest off this mark.
Thinger Licht (FR) 33-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, ridden and struggling before 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before next, in a race won by Ptit Zig (11-12) at Sandown 2m 4yo hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr, 11 ran.
Phare Isle (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Towards rear, pushed along after 6th, weakened before 6 out, 6th of 10, well behind Tornado Bob (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Jun.
Hollow Penny 5-2fav (11-10) In touch when jumped big and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Capellanus (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct, 10 ran.
Church Field (IRE) 6-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway before 3 out, 8th and no impression before last, tailed off, 8th of 15, well behind Thomas Crapper (10-9) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Valid Point (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, no extra before last, 12th of 17, 21l behind Big Easy (10-13) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Apr.
Moscow Presents (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching last, soon one pace, 5th and no impression when not fluent at hurdle, weakened flat, 5th of 10, 30l behind Flaming Arrow (10-9) at Hexham 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Crystal Swing 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, led on outer 3rd, headed when raced wide after 5th, blundered and unseated rider 7th, in a race won by Mubrook (11-4) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr, 11 ran.
Murcar 25-1 (11-9) Held up in touch, hit 5th, outpaced after 4 out, weakened from next, 6th of 11, 42l behind Get Home Now (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jun.
Market Option (IRE) 9-2fav (10-13) Always handy, hit 8th, led 2 out, stayed on well, won at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar beating Bravo Bravo (10-9) by 1l, 13 ran.
Reyno 12-1 (10-13) Led until approaching 2nd, chased leader until next, led briefly 3 out, chased leader until hit 2 out, no impression when weakened to 4th in closing stages, 4th of 11, 22l behind Kambis (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Thoresby (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Mid-division, well beaten before 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 14, 47l behind Diamond's Return (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Scales (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway after 7th, led before last where mistake, driven right out, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct beating Finding Your Feet (11-3) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Squire Trelawney 50-1 (10-11) Mid-division on outside, chased leaders 2 out, soon outpaced, no impression between last 2, 4th of 12, 13l behind Urcalin (10-11) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Earcomesthedream (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Chased leader until ridden before 3 out, weakened quickly, tailed off and eased before next, last of 11, well behind Sail And Return (11-7) at Stratford 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Rior (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, hampered 7th, headway after 3 out, one pace last, 6th of 13, 7l behind Letemgo (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Halucha (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Mid-division, reminders after 3rd, not jump well, soon behind and struggling, tailed off and pulled up before 11th, in a race won by Von Galen (10-0) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Oct, 11 ran.