The majority of these have very little to recommend them so we'll take a chance that SOMMERSTURM is capable of stepping up on what he's achieved so far. Twice a winner on the Flat in Germany, the six-year-old has yet to show a similar level of performance since arriving in this country but today represents a significant drop in class. Beauchamp King hasn't raced over hurdles since May 2009 but still had a chance when falling over fences at Towcester last time and races off the same mark here. Samizdat won off a higher mark on soft ground at Carlisle in March but appears to have completely lost his way since.
Petroglyph 33-1 (10-10) In rear, ridden after 5th, lost touch approaching 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Bellflower Boy (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Django Reinhardt 14-1 (11-5) Held well in rear, not fluent 4th, hit 2 out, always behind, tailed off, 10th of 11, 50l behind Marino Prince (11-1) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Illysantachristina 100-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, pushed along approaching 5th, beaten before 3 out, 5th of 8, 14l behind Mediolanum (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Sacco D'oro 125-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway 3rd, blundered 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, 6th of 13, 48l behind Silver Gypsy (10-5) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Hardwick Wood 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden after 8th, lost place next, soon weakened, 7th of 8, well behind My Boy Paddy (10-9) at Uttoxeter 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Dramatic Jewel (USA) 100-1 (11-8) Mid-division, driven and outpaced 3 out, ridden and weakened next, 7th of 13, 50l behind Midnight Opera (11-1) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Beauchamp Viking 4-1 (11-4) Held up, took keen hold, headway 4th, not fluent 5th, close up when fell 7th, in a race won by Handtheprizeover (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-90 (5) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Sommersturm (GER) 10-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 3rd, behind after 5th, 10th of 11, 38l behind Swiss Art (11-8) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Sarah's Boy 66-1 (10-7) Mistake 2nd, behind most of way, tailed off, 9th of 16, 43l behind Accordintolawrence (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Samizdat (FR) 20-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway after 5th to chase leaders, weakened from 3 out, 10th of 16, 24l behind Sambelucky (9-11) at Catterick 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd.
Smokey George 16-1 (11-5) Mid-division on inside, outpaced 4 out, soon weakened, 12th of 17, well behind Black Phantom (11-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Nov.
Imperial Royale (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Led, clear after 4th until next, ridden and headed after 3 out, left 2nd next, no extra, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 7, 20l behind Marino Prince (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Othello (IRE) 150-1 (10-5) In rear, mistake 5th, soon ridden and well beaten, tailed off, 9th of 16, well behind Third Intention (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd.
Lady Of Ashcott 14-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, not fluent 4th, mistake 6th, soon outpaced, no impression after, plugged on to retake 2nd flat, 2nd of 7, 11l behind Marino Prince (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.