Court In Motion, runner-up to Backspin in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury last month, has the best form on offer here and has also shown he can handle the going. Emma Lavelle's charge is preferred to fellow top weight Mossley, even though the latter is defending an unbeaten record under Rules after outstaying his rivals in the Grade 2 Albert Bartlett over 3m at Cheltenham. Jetnova won a decent contest at Plumpton last month and is improving but Moon Indigo couldn't build on his Wetherby success at Catterick next time, though still finished ahead of Neptune Equester. Nigel Twiston-Davies saddles two but MAXDELAS is easily the pick on his form on heavy ground in France. A very easy winner on his UK debut at Uttoxeter, the five-year-old gets weight from all-but-one of his rivals here and could be hard to beat.
Court In Motion (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Held up, handy 6th after 4 out, well held 2nd as field came into view final 110 yards, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Backspin (11-7) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Dec.
Mossley (IRE) 3-1fav (11-4) Tracked leaders on outside, hit 8th, smooth headway to challenge 2 out, soon led, shaken up when hard pressed after last, stayed on towards finish, won at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Dec beating Join Together (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Jetnova (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Mid-division, smooth headway approaching 3 out, soon chasing leaders, led just after last, stayed on under pressure, won at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec beating Skint (11-5) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Lamb's Cross 11-4 (10-13) Held up in touch, took keen hold, challenged on bit 2 out, led and went right last, stayed on well to come clear flat, eased close home, won at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Sep beating Try Cat (10-6) by 10l, 9 ran.
Moon Indigo 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, led approaching 2 out, headed flat, kept on and edged left, just held towards finish, 2nd of 16, hd behind Lethal Glaze (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Safran De Cotte (FR) 11-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, some headway 8th, soon weakened, 10th of 15, 37l behind Bobs Worth (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gs.
Maxdelas (FR) 7-2 (11-0) Prominent, went 2nd before 3 out, led after 2 out, clear from last, eased towards finish, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec beating Railway Dillon (11-0) by 3l, 10 ran.
Neptune Equester 7-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, pushed along and outpaced from 3 out, plugged on to take 4th after last, 4th of 16, 25l behind Lethal Glaze (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.