It's difficult to fault the consistency of Maggio but Patrick Griffin's six-year-old has now had 11 attempts to get off the mark over timber and was readily brushed aside by Desert Cry at Sedgefield last week. He only receives 1lb from WHOOPS A DAISY, who had no trouble landing the odds at Bangor earlier this month having beaten subsequent easy winner Charminster on her hurdling debut at Hereford - she is the one to beat here. Buddy Holly got off the mark over C&D last month and should be challenging for a place again but Ultravox could be ready for a rest now after a couple of moderate efforts at Newbury and Sandown.
Buddy Holly 9-2 (11-5) Mid-division on inside, headway to track leaders 4 out, went 2nd when slightly hampered approaching 3 out, led next, 6 lengths clear when hit last, kept on well, won at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Pateese (11-5) by 12l, 13 ran.
Whoops A Daisy 1-4fav (11-4) Alway prominent on outside, not fluent 6th, led before next, made rest, ridden clear between last 2, stayed on well flat, won at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs beating Credit Crunched (11-4) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Jackson (BRZ) 100-1 (11-8) Prominent until wandered badly and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Midnight Opera (11-1) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov, 13 ran.
Jat Punjabi 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division, not fluent 5th, struggling next, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Mostly Bob (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Keepthebooton (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Held up in last pair, progress on outside after 3rd, driven in 4th after 2 out, went 3rd on long run to last, stayed on, never any chance with very easy winner, 3rd of 6, 18l behind Sire De Grugy (11-10) at Folkestone 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft.
Lucky Landing (IRE) 2-1fav (11-5) Chased leaders, left 2nd at 2nd, led 5th until before 7th, driven and hung badly right on bend before bypassing ommited 3 out, soon eased tailed off, 9th of 12, dis behind Doctor Foxtrot (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Maggio (FR) 5-2 (10-13) Held up in touch, chased leaders 3 out, kept on under pressure, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 13l behind Desert Cry (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Ostaadi 100-1 (11-5) Mid-division, ridden along before 7th, struggling after, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Doctor Foxtrot (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Sustainability (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, never dangerous, 13th of 16, 31l behind Pilgreen (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
World Watch (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, 8th after 5th, lost touch before next, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Captain Kirkton (11-8) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs.
Ultravox (USA) 12-1 (10-8) Took keen hold, held up in last trio on inside, not fluent 5th, blundered 3 out, plugged on from next, 4th of 7, 19l behind Pere Blanc (10-9) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.