This is wide-open but Harry Fry has trained the last two winners, who both arrived fresh, so MELROSE BOY is expected to go well. The latter placed in all three starts over timber last season including a third at Wetherby in January when last in action. Oski won a maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter recently while Sheer Poetry won over fences at Worcester last time. Tempuran and the progressive Undefined Beauty have both been raised 10lb for winning handicaps on their respective latest starts while Black Ivory and Sunnytahliateigan were both placed in handicaps last time and Tynecastle Park finished runner-up in a novices’ race over today’s trip at Kempton.
Potters Story 16-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, driven and lost place after 3 out, soon behind, tailed off, 19th of 21, dist behind Master Dancer (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Melrose Boy (FR) 7-2 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway 4 out, chased leader before 3 out until before last, no extra, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Eaton Hill (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f (4) gs in Jan.
Oski (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Made all, driven clear 2 out, not fluent last, ran on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn (5) sft in Oct beating Fisherman Frank (11-0) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Buckle Street 25-1 (11-2) In touch, driven and lost place after 3 out, soon outpaced, ridden and kept on under pressure from last, not pace to trouble leaders, 6th of 21, 18 1/4l behind Master Dancer (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Rebel Yeats (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, kept on under pressure before last, just failed for 4th, no impression with leaders, 5th of 15, 12 1/4l behind Brown Bear (10-13) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Tynecastle Park 22-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden before 2 out, kept on to take 2nd place run-in, held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Present Man (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f (4) gd in Oct.
Tarrona 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, driven in 3rd when fell 2 out, at Ludlow 2m 5f (4) gs in Apr.
Another Frontier (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Led to after 1st, tracked leaders, went 2nd after 4 out, close up 2 out, soon ridden, lost place last, no extra, 5th of 15, 8 1/2l behind Bon Chic (11-6) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp (3) gs in Oct.
Lip Service (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th entering straight, no extra from 3 out, 6th of 8, 21 3/4l behind Hurricane Ben (11-3) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f hcp Good - Yielding in Apr.
Wylde Magic (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 2nd 6th, led before 4 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, chased winner until approaching the last, kept on same pace in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 8, 5 1/4l behind Culture De Sivola (11-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp (4) gs in Oct.
Maguire's Glen (IRE) 9-1 (12-0) In touch, weakened before 3 out, pulled up, at Exeter 2m 7f hcp (4) gs in Oct.
Cottersrock (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Held up behind, headway 5th, close up on outer 3 out, ridden and lost place after next, beaten when not fluent last, 8th of 21, 19 1/4l behind Master Dancer (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Bye Bye O Bye (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Rear, 8th halfway, good headway to close before 3 out, 2nd 2 out, ridden and no impression on leader before last where not fluent, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Granny Biddy (11-11) at Cork 2m 4f hcp sft in Nov.
Atlantic Grey (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) Prominent, outpaced when not fluent 2 out, rallied to chase winner last, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 3 1/4l behind Free Range (11-0) at Fakenham 2m mdn (4) gd in Nov.
Gran Maestro (USA) 16-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, pushed along after 8th, weakened before next, 6th of 8, 30 1/2l behind Culture De Sivola (11-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp (4) gs in Oct.
Cornish Warrior (IRE) 9-1 (11-9) Mid-division, pushed along after 3 out, soon outpaced, some late minor headway, 6th of 12, 18 1/2l behind Arty Campbell (10-8) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Sheer Poetry (IRE) 20-1 (10-3) In rear, headway before 5 out, led before 2 out, kept on strongly, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in Oct beating Song Saa (11-8) by 17l, 8 ran.
Charlie's Charm (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Mid-division, not fluent 1st, dropped towards rear after 4 out and pushed along after next, no impression and kept on past beaten horses from before last, 6th of 15, 16 1/4l behind Canny Tom (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 3f Yielding in Oct.
Lambs Lane (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Soon towards rear, closer order approaching 4 out, slight mistake 3 out, no impression approaching 2 out, soon no extra, not fluent last, 7th of 9, 34 3/4l behind Just Get Cracking (11-9) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp Yielding in Oct.
Tempuran 9-2fav (11-0) Made all, not fluent 6th, drawing clear when not fluent last, stayed on well, won at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Nov beating Little Chunk (11-10) by 7l, 12 ran.
Samson 50-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, hit 4 out, outpaced 2 out, soon ridden, no impression after, 8th of 19, 20 1/2l behind Magic Dancer (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Sunnytahliateigan (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, effort to challenge before 2 out, soon ridden, kept on and every chance flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Golan Fortune (11-3) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Undefined Beauty (IRE) 6-4fav (11-4) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, led last, kept on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Nov beating Wide Awake (11-3) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Black Ivory 15-2 (11-5) Towards rear, headway after 4 out, chased leaders 2 out, went 2nd last, ridden and kept on flat, not quite reach winner, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Bon Chic (11-6) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp (3) gs in Oct.