Rebel High has been placed in three of his four starts over fences but Uttoxeter third Thunder Sheikh has more scope and was much the better hurdler. Now blinkered, the latter shouldn't be far away here and makes more appeal than Majorca King who became expensive to follow over hurdles. Tothemoonandback must have some sort of chance while Tresor De L'Isle looks the pick of James Ewart's three runners but we'll take a chance on ABLE DEPUTY on his fencing bow. He didn't win over hurdles but usually faced much stronger opposition than this and Kim Bailey will have given him plenty of schooling over the larger obstacles.
Able Deputy 9-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, ridden and weakened before next, 7th of 12, 26l behind Bourne (11-12) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Hard To Tell (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Chased leading pair until blundered badly 4th, weakened 4 out, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Nicky Nutjob (10-11) at Leicester 2m 4f sll hdl (5) hvy in Dec, 5 ran.
Majorica King (FR) 4-1fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, hit 6th, 4th when not fluent 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 11, 20l behind Shalone (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Mezarat (ITY) 66-1 (10-7) Chased leaders to 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Not Til Monday (11-6) at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) gd.
Rebel High (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) With leader, in lead when in view 8th, headed 4 out, held by winner when in view towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Morgan's Bay (10-11) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Rogue Dancer (FR) 66-1 (11-0) Always behind, reminders over 9f out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Anna's Arch (10-9) at Southwell 2m n h flat (4) std in Mar.
Sharivarry (FR) 8-1 (11-4) Mid-division on inside, driven 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms, 7th of 12, 22l behind Full Speed (11-9) at Newcastle 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Snuker 10-1 (9-11) Led after 1st, hung badly after 4th on stable bend and headed, went through rails and unseated rider, in a race won by Northern Acres (11-0) at Newcastle 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Mar, 12 ran.
Strathcal 17-2 (11-1) Mid-division, headway approaching 5th, mistake and weakened 3 out, 11th of 16, well behind Musnad (10-9) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Thunder Sheik (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up, struggling 5 out, 25 lengths 6th 2 out, went 3rd last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 7, 24l behind Granville Island (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m nov chs (4) gd.
Tothemoonandback (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Mid-division on inside, outpaced 4 out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 17l behind Tara Tavey (10-5) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Tresor De L'isle (FR) 100-1 (10-3) Tracked leading pair, outpaced 4 out, no impression when lost 3rd next, left 3rd again next, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 7, 16l behind Brady (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.