In this bumper full of unraced animals the market could be the best guide to this contest but without that to refer to BENDANT could land it with Alan King's Aohna also worth a look at along with Calon Crwbin. The selection at least has some course experience, which was an encouraging display when third of fourteen at Exeter over a slightly longer trip. He should handle the ground and is open to progression from his debut effort. Alan King's newcomer on breeding as the potential to be better than most of these. Plenty of smart winners around this distance in the family tree and anything that the trainer sends out with Robert Thornton on board needs to be watched. Calon Crwbin is the only other one in the race with racing experience a performance that saw him take fourth of 14 on good to soft ground at Huntingdon. She'll learn plenty from that outing so we expect some progress. Civil Servant for Nigel Twiston-Davies should be respected, especially if backed, with the trainer on good form and a 15% strike rate in bumpers over the last five seasons but Bendant is a very tentative pick.
Bendant 28-1 (10-12) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on gamely, 3rd of 14, 3l behind Cill Rialaig (10-5) at Exeter 1m 5f nhf (5) gs in Oct.
Bobble Hat Bob (FR) Lost World gelding out of Bisette.
Buck The Trend Lear Spear gelding out of Milladella.
Calon Crwbin 25-1 (10-9) In touch, ridden to challenge over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 9l behind Whistlejacquet (10-12) at Huntingdon 1m 6f nhf (5) gs.
Civil Servant Diktat gelding out of Zafadola.
Disco Jack (FR) Kingsalsa gelding out of Gazelle De Mai.
Jackers Carnival Dancer gelding out of Welcome Home.
Just Victor Revoque gelding out of Villian.
Lomitaar Lomitas gelding out of Owtaar.
Rio Laine Beat Hollow gelding out of Toffee.
Roi des Marais (FR) Start Fast gelding out of Imghard.
Shame The Devil (IRE) Danehill Dancer gelding out of Iles Piece.
Shannina Shaanmer gelding out of Jannina.
Sin Citadel Diktat gelding out of My Melody Parkes.
Suburban Bay Karinga Bay gelding out of Orchid House.
Aohna (FR) Astarabad filly out of Touques.
Bobbisox (IRE) Bob Back filly out of Swift Approach.
Ionaguru Ishiguru filly out of Morts Little Hen.