Volio Vincente showed a willing attitude to score over fences at Fontwell last month and can race off the same mark over hurdles, though is a couple of pounds out of the handicap here. Blue Cove made a lot of the running at Southwell last month while Earscomethedream could probably run around here blindfold and is back on a winning mark. MISS MAYFAIR is still seeking a first victory but she was only beaten half-a-length at Fontwell on Boxing Day and it would be no surprise if she went one better today.
Trafords Hero 50-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway 5th, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 8, 35l behind New Year's Eve (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Millers Reef (IRE) 7-2fav (11-6) Towards rear, soon mid-division, chased leaders before 4 out, weakened next, 8th of 10, well behind W Six Times (10-5) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.
Earcomesthedream (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Mostly tracked winner throughout, reminder after 3rd, jumped slowly 7th, no impression 3 out, one pace, 2nd of 8, 19l behind Over My Head (9-13) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Miss Mayfair (IRE) 9-4fav (11-5) Held up in rear, headway to 4th after 7th, went 3rd after 3 out, driven and stayed on to 2nd flat, stayed on flat, always held, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Peqeno Diablo (10-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.
Oak Wood (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Prominent, ridden 8f out, weakened over 6f out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Mitchell's Way (11-2) at Southwell 2m 2f n h flat (4) std.
Captain P K (IRE) 40-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders on outer, went 3rd before 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 32l behind Capital Venture (11-2) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Blue Cove 6-1 (10-7) Reluctantly led, made most, headed 2 out, soon ridden, no extra in 3rd approaching last, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Admiral Blake (10-11) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Volio Vincente (FR) 9-4 (10-12) Led before 2nd, not fluent 9th, ridden after 2 out, pressed last, held on gamely, won at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Nov beating Alteranthela (11-12) by nk, 4 ran.
Newton Thistle 12-1 (9-9) Mid-division, headway when not fluent 5th, disputing 3rd when fell 10th, in a race won by Kentford Legend (11-12) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft, 12 ran.