Cruise In Style got off the mark over fences in a small race at Newton Abbot last month and her experience will stand her in good stead in this big field. Hollins and Massena have shown some ability but we'll take a chance on the fitness of UNIK DE NOUGI. Placed three times over fences in his native France, a hurdles run at Lingfield at the end of last year was clearly a sighter and it will be a surprise if he doesn't reverse that form with third Scottish Boogie here. A few of these are likely to leave modest hurdles form behind now tackling the larger obstacles with Foundation Man and Pinkneys Prince top of the list as they have a lot more scope than Lodgician.
Foundation Man (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Tracked leader after 1st, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 13, 29l behind Puffin Billy (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Scottish Boogie (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway and in touch on outside 4 out, went 2nd next, effort 2 out, ridden and no impression in 3rd between last 2, 3rd of 6, 21l behind Della Sun (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Rockchasebullett (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Held up towards rear, hampered 4th, headway from 3 out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 12, 20l behind Frontier Vic (10-0) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Sep.
Unik De Nougi (FR) 14-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway halfway, chasxed leaders 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 8, 37l behind Tanerko Emery (12-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Pinkneys Prince 16-1 (10-10) Mid-division, outpaced after 7th, rallied before 3 out, one pace and no impression when hampered 2 out, well beaten after, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Kellys Brow (11-11) at Ludlow 2m 5f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gs in Feb.
Massena (IRE) 2-1fav (10-12) Not fluent and often jumped slowly, in rear, headway approaching 4 out, weakened 2 out, 4th of 7, 47l behind Alwaystheoptimist (10-9) at Worcester 2m nov chs 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Hollins 12-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakened from next, 9th of 12, 22l behind Flicka Williams (11-3) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Strawberry Hill (IRE) 18-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, led after 7th, headed well before 2 out, chased leaders, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 16, 35l behind Okafranca (11-4) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Cruise In Style (IRE) 2-1 (10-4) Tracked leader until 3rd and from 5th until 7th, not fluent 3 out, challenging when mistake 2 out, led flat, driven out, won at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Sep beating Bennys Quest (11-5) by 1 1/4l, 4 ran.
Smart Catch (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, went 8th before 2 out, never dangerous, 9th of 15, 32l behind Detroit Red (10-1) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jun.
Lodgician (IRE) 6-1 (10-6) Tracked clear leader until after 3rd, went 2nd again before next, pushed along when bumped and lost 2nd 3 out, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Alwaystheoptimist (11-10) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Snowed In (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) With leaders, ridden before 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 20l behind The Fox's Decree (10-11) at Southwell 2m n h flat (4) std in Mar.
Rozolenn (FR) 14-1 (10-12) Mid-division, blundered 6th, headway 4 out, no extra after 2 out, 5th of 16, 12l behind Oscargo (11-3) at Chepstow 3m NH mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar '11.
Classic Case (IRE) 100-1 (11-7) Tracked winner until 4th, weakened 6th, tailed off, 5th of 12, well behind Buthelezi (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Missionaire (USA) 6-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, challenged on outside 3 out, soon led, ridden and headed after last, weakened into 4th flat, 4th of 10, 6l behind Pour Changer (11-3) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.