Whilst Hilfiger and Lion On The Prowl have solid form claims and Calypso Bay may be capable of taking this contest, it might be worth taking a chance on decent flat handicapper SOCCERJACKPOT. Tom O'Brien's mount is rated 93 on the level and if he can translate that form to obstacles he'd have excellent claims. He won one race on the turf on good ground so conditions should be fine and, as he's won over nine furlongs on the flat, he should be able to stay the distance here. He's given an each-way vote ahead of Hilfiger who ran well on his debut for Ian Williams last time. That form hasn't yet been given a boost but the feeling is it sets the standard here and with improvement likely he'll be hard to beat. Calypso Bay is rated 78 on the level and stays 1m2f so it'd be no surprise to see him figure with genuine good ground to suit so keep an eye on the market, although at this stage Lion On The Prowl would be a more solid betting proposition having shown up well in bumpers. Zakatal ran well on his debut but as he won over just shy of 1m7f when trained in France he'd surely want to go further whilst Hypnotic Gaze has plenty to find on his flat rating. This is an interesting maiden hurdle that is taken to go to Soccerjackpot.
Aughcarra (IRE) 100-1 (10-13) In rear, losing touch when mistake 5th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by General Ting (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr, 11 ran.
Hilfiger (GER) 14-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway 5th, went 3rd last, no impression, 3rd of 11, 13l behind Monetary Fund (10-4) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Isario (GER) (9-4) won at Krefeld(GER) 1m 3f hcp hvy in Nov beating Floribundus (8-11) by 3l, 9 ran (flat).
Lion On The Prowl (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway 8f out, challenged 4f out, ridden to lead over 3f out, soon headed and ran slightly wide bend turning for home, not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 16, 2l behind Kind Of Easy (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Milandale (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division, effort after 4 out, outpaced next, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Horsford (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan, 12 ran.
Nodanawink 25-1 (10-11) Led until 5th, ridden after 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, 5th of 12, 40l behind Mostly Bob (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Soccerjackpot (USA) 1-6fav (9-6) Made all, pushed out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (5) pol in Jan beating Bolodenka (9-4) by 2 1/2l, 2 ran (flat).
Calypso Bay (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Behind, pushed along 4f out, staying on when not clear run entering final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 11, 11l behind Everybody Knows (9-0) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr (flat).
Hypnotic Gaze (IRE) 5-2 (8-11) Tracked leader until over 3f out, ridden to chase leader again over 1f out, led briefly inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind King's Masque (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (5) pol in Mar (flat).
Kashubian Quest 14-1 (10-7) Always behind, soon struggling, 10th of 13, well behind Quatro Pierji (11-0) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Zakatal 11-2 (10-7) Tracked leader, chased leaders in 3rd approaching 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 16, 15l behind Raquel White (10-5) at Ludlow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Wizaller 12-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 20, 33l behind Cinderella Rose (10-8) at Warwick 2m mrs NH flat (4-7yo) (6) gd in Mar.