Stevie Thunder hasn't raced over hurdles since November 2012 and is still a maiden. But he's been in action on the all-weather lately and must have every chance in this lowly grade. Powertakeoff only won a seller at Fakenham last month while Heurtevent was pulled up at Ayr last time when sent off favourite. WOM was placed three times here in the autumn off similar marks and will be all the better for last week's fifth at Stratford over a trip too far. He may enjoy a fitness advantage over Wintered Well so gets the nod with Mister Frosty probably best of the rest.
Stevie Thunder 13-8fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, went 2nd approaching 2 out, beaten when not fluent last, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 17, 10l behind Tresor De Bontee (11-4) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov '12.
Wintered Well (IRE) 10-11fav (11-2) Mid-division on outside, headway and in touch after 5th, mistake next, driven to lead narrowly approaching 2 out, ridden and headed flat, kept on, held near finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Homer Run (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Wom 15-2 (11-9) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, lost place when not fluent next, driven into 5th 2 out, no impression, weakened flat, 5th of 12, 13l behind Watt Broderick (11-12) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Sambulando (FR) 66-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, hampered 5th, headway 3 out, no extra before next, 5th of 11, 24l behind Good of Luck (10-12) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Theredballoon 10-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders on inside, travelling well when not clear run from over 1f out until switched left final 100 yards, stayed on, never able to challenge, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Very Noble (11-2) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Heurtevent (FR) 9-4fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, weakened before next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Rosquero (10-5) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb, 9 ran.
Mister Frosty (IRE) 4-1 (10-10) In rear, ridden and headway 3 out, soon chased winner, no impression from next, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Regal D'estruval (10-10) at Fakenham 2m sell hdl (5) gd.
Table Bluff (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) In touch, ridden 3 out, weakened next, 9th of 14, 40l behind Call The Cops (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Un Bleu A L'aam (FR) 7-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway before 3rd, not fluent next, lost place after 3 out, 6th and no impression 2 out, plugged on, 6th of 11, 13l behind Be Bop Boru (10-10) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.
Orlittlebylittle 14-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 9, 23l behind Delphi Mountain (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Jaja De Jau 13-2 (11-3) Towards rear, ridden and headway 3 out, weakened last, 6th of 12, 19l behind Hold The Bucks (10-12) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Etania 8-1 (10-10) Held up, mistake 4th, hampered next, some headway when mistake 3 out, weakening when mistake next, 7th of 11, 47l behind Good of Luck (10-12) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Powertakeoff (IRE) 5-4fav (10-10) Tracked winner until ridden before last, one pace, 3rd of 5, 12l behind Wordy's Boy (11-12) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Quinola Des Obeaux (FR) 20-1 (10-13) Led to 4th, led again before 4 out, headed 4 out, soon weakened, last of 8, well behind Whispering Harry (11-4) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.
Ghaabesh (IRE) 5-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, well beaten from 4th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Drombeg West (10-0) at Towcester 2m (5) hvy in Feb, 12 ran.
Prince Freddie 14-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, driven along after 5th, soon weakened, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Join The Navy (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb, 13 ran.
Femme D'espere 100-1 (10-2) In rear, weakened before 6th, tailed off, 5th of 6, dis behind Vieux Lion Rouge (12-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.