Wessex King showed improved form when landing a novice hurdle at Taunton last month but Henry Daly's gelding may struggle to follow up under his penalty and a better bet may be TEENAGE IDOL, who gets the vote with Baltic Pathfinder rated the pick of the remainder. The selection made a winning start to his career when landing an Ayr bumper a year ago, ran well in two subsequent starts in Nation Hunt flat races and made an encouraging start to his career over hurdles when finding just Grand Theatre too good at Kelso last month. A reproduction of that form may well suffice for the son of Sadler's Wells. George Moore's Bogside Theatre showed a decent level of form on the flat, earning a rating in the 90s, but ran some way below expectations on his hurdling debut at Kelso last month. It may be too soon to write him off at the winter game so he cannot be discounted and makes more appeal than Quinder Spring. Lucinda Russell's French import was well held on his British debut at Newcastle and he looks best watched. Sue Smith's Baltic Pathfinder should come on for his debut at Uttoxeter back in June and could be of interest but it is hard to get away from Teenage Idol, who should take all the beating.
Wessex King (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway when hit 6th, led approaching 2 out, ridden and ran on strongly from last, readily, won at Taunton 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov beating Izita Star (10-7) by 10l, 13 ran.
Baltic Pathfinder (IRE) 11-1 (10-9) Held up, headway over 6f out, weakened 3f out, 5th of 14, 18l behind Magellan Straits (10-2) at Uttoxeter 2m nhf (6) gd in Jun.
Best Lover (FR) Great Palm gelding out of Droid.
Cawarra Red 200-1 (10-2) With leader and keen, led 3rd, headed 6th, weakened 5 out, tailed off when pulled up 4 out in race won by Comhla Ri Coig (10-12) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hdl (4) sft, 13 ran.
Country Servant (USA) 50-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, blundered and unseated rider at the 5th in race won by Freschezza (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gf in Jun, 14 ran.
Harry The Hawk 8-1 (10-12) Held up, effort 4 out, weakened 3 out, 6th of 12, well behind Enfant De Lune (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) sft.
Minster Lane 250-1 (10-9) Well in rear, tailed off approaching 6th, 15th of 16, well behind Hunters Ploy (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Oscar Wild 22-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, weakened 2 out, 9th of 16, 29l behind Signalman (10-5) at Kelso 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Quinder Spring (FR) 9-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway 4th, led after 4 out, headed next, soon outpaced, 5th of 16, 12l behind Burnt Oak (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Simple Jim (FR) 22-1 (10-9) Held up, headway approaching 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 6th of 7, 31l behind Bayonyx (10-12) at Ayr 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Teenage Idol (IRE) 11-8fav (10-12) Mid-division, keen early, smooth headway to lead 7th, ridden approaching 2 out, soon headed and one pace, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Grand Theatre (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
The Fabricator (FR) 80-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, ridden 4 out, never dangerous, 14th of 21, well behind Kangaroo Court (10-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Bogside Theatre (IRE) 7-4jt-fav (10-7) Led halfway weakened before last, 5th of 7, well behind Ockey de Neulliac (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f hdl (3) sft in Nov.