Saint Jerome won at Ludlow in November but the merit of that form is debatable. Yabadabadoo was second on his hurdling debut at Huntingdon but that was over a longer trip and winning pointer Worthy Award may also need further. The latter's stablemate, Less Time, has a nice pedigree and might improve for the switch to hurdles while all-weather winner Neighbourhood wasn't beaten far at Towcester last month and Saint John Henry should improve for his introduction at Huntingdon. But LONG LUNCH has been quite highly tried since scoring at Plumpton in the autumn. Today's better ground should aid his cause and he's fancied to overcome his penalty and beat these.
Long Lunch 4-6fav (11-5) Tracked leader, challenged after 3 out, led before next, soon hard pressed, ridden between last 2, headed narrowly last, no extra flat, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Anay Turge (10-12) at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Egotist (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Started very slowly, held up in rear, never dangerous, 6th of 7, 5l behind Mr Red Clubs (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hacp 0-70 (5) pol (flat).
Emiratesdotcom 25-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ridden and lost place before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Great Link (11-3) at Ludlow 2m nov clm hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Just Gets Better (IRE) 66-1 (9-13) Went right start, tracked leaders until over 4f out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Phiz (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Aug (flat).
Less Time (IRE) 2-1fav (10-13) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 4f out, 4th of 7, 50l behind Celtic Agent (10-13) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) sft.
Lotus Pond (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, shaken up after 3 out, some progress from before 2 out, never dangerous, 6th of 14, 29l behind No Such Number (10-11) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Dec.
Lucky Thirteen 5-1 (11-2) Chased clear leader (winner) until 8f out, ridden and struggling in 5th over 3f out, took remote 3rd post, 3rd of 8, 25l behind Larks Rising (11-2) at Fontwell 1m 6f NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Neighbourhood (USA) 8-1 (10-13) Held up, headway approaching 3 out, strong challenged when not fluent 2 out, stayed on, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Son Of Suzie (11-2) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Prouts Pub (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Lingfield 2m n h flat (6) std in Nov beating Rendezvous Peak (10-9) by 1l, 5 ran.
Storm Of Swords (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked winner, mistake 2 out, held in 4th when fell last, in a race won by Masquerade (10-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec, 15 ran.
Suffice (IRE) 11-4 (10-7) Tracked leaders and keen, fell 3 out, in a race won by Bob's World (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar '13, 16 ran.
The Yank 66-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up in rear, bumped 1st, not fluent next, blundered and unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Dubai Prince (10-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov, 12 ran.
Worthy Award (IRE) 3-1 (12-2) Cl up, ld/disp until ld frm 8th, 3l adv 5out, chall well bef 2out & rddn 2out, ld again frm 2out & gng best last, easily, won at Avaune 3m ire ptp gs in Dec beating The Rebel Call (12-2) by 3l, 17 ran.
Yabadabadoo 6-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, chasing leaders when hampered next, no extra approaching last, 2nd of 10, 17l behind Chase The Spud (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Saint Jerome (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Made all, clear from 3rd until next, not fluent 6th, ridden from 3 out, edged left flat, driven out, won at Ludlow 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Nov beating Aglaophonos (10-12) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Beauchamp Sunset 8-1 (9-2) 10th of 13, 6l behind Until The Man (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Feb (flat).
L Stig 16-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 22l behind Adeupas D'ycy (10-12) at Exeter 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) gd in Dec.
Saint John Henry (FR) 5-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders before next, weakening when mistake last, 5th of 11, 16l behind Attwaal (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) sft.