Blue Destination is tried in blinkers after disappointing at Doncaster last time but faces no easy task at the weights. The same could be said of Baraathen but C&D winner Boston Blue is unexposed over hurdles and stablemate Luggers Hall rarely runs a bad race. Bathwick Brave's best form is over 2m4f, however, and Pampelonne has had plenty of chances. AEGEAN DESTINY won here on her hurdling debut in November and finished close up at Doncaster last time off a slightly higher mark. Back in novice company, she could be the one to beat as Wily Fox has gone up 4lb for finishing second at Huntingdon and Trip The Light only ran two days ago.
King Zeal (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Prominent, jumped right 3 out, weakened next, 8th of 11, 34l behind Balgarry (11-7) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Baraathen (USA) 6-1 (11-5) Prominent, ran in snatches, not fluent 4th, challenged 6th, mistake next, weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 7, 29l behind American Art (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gf in Sep.
Boston Blue 9-2 (10-13) Held up in touch, ridden approaching 3 out, led before last, edged left close home, all out, won at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan beating Pittodrie Star (11-4) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Bathwick Brave (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, steady headway 7th, effort on inside before 2 out, went 3rd between last 2, hung badly left under pressure and stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Buckie Boy (11-8) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Trip The Light 9-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, led approaching 2 out, strongly pressed last, ridden and stayed on, headed post, 2nd of 8, ns behind Headly's Bridge (11-4) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Walden Prince (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place 6th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Tayarat (9-7) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Feb, 14 ran.
Pampelonne (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, headway after 3 out to chase leaders, ridden before last, kept on, 3rd of 17, 2 1/2l behind Monarch's Way (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Blue Destination 7-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, driven to challenge 2 out, soon one pace, 5th of 14, 7l behind Eagle Rock (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd in Feb.
Luggers Hall (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, steady headway before 3 out, went 2nd 3 out, led before blundered and rider lost irons 2 out, headed last, weakened flat, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Charm School (11-7) at Newbury 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Aegean Destiny 11-2 (10-11) Led, soon clear, mistake 2nd, headed 4 out, remained close up, ridden before last, kept on, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Justazippy (11-12) at Doncaster 2m mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Wily Fox 20-1 (11-2) Led, jumped left, mistake 4th, ridden after 3 out, headed approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 7l behind Dreambrook Lady (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Trojan Sun 25-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, weakened after 3 out, 8th of 17, 35l behind Netherby (10-11) at Lingfield 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Feb.
Circus Star (USA) 50-1 (10-9) Pulled hard in rear, mistake 3rd, never dangerous, 8th of 14, 20l behind Eagle Rock (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd in Feb.
Prickles 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders and keen, mistake 2nd, chased leader from 5th, ridden before 3 out, weakened before last, 5th of 6, 25l behind Ananda Kanda (11-0) at Ludlow 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-120) (3yo+) (4) gs in Dec.