ARZAL can take advantage of this big drop in class to resume winning ways. He disappointed in the Imperial Cup last time but his earlier sixth in the betfair Hurdle at Newbury is easily the best form on offer in this and Paul O'Brien's claim negates his penalty. Perspicace is probably the one most capable of cashing in if the selection fails to deliver again. He made a winning start at Taunton and should have plenty more to offer. Global Thrill won a maiden hurdle at Newton Abbot last month but this is tougher and all-weather winner Warrigal lacks both experience and a recent run.
Arzal (FR) 10-1 (10-8) Always towards rear, tailed off when blundered 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Ebony Express (10-7) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Mar, 23 ran.
Global Thrill 11-2 (10-11) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, led 2 out, ridden before last, edged left run-in, kept on well, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Seven Nation Army (11-2) by 2l, 12 ran.
Perspicace 10-3 (10-7) Tracked leaders, went 3rd 7th, 2nd 3 out, led well before next, clear before last, pushed out run-in, eased in closing stages, won at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Createur (10-7) by 5l, 9 ran.
Run Hurricane (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, led, mistake 3rd, headed before 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 14, well behind Mister Grez (11-7) at Chepstow 2m nov hdl (4) gs.
Abyaat (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Tracked leader until 8f out, chased leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, soon behind and eased, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Bold Runner (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) sft in May (flat).
Penzflo (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) In rear, weakened before 5 out, last of 7, well behind She's Da One (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Warrigal (IRE) 3-1fav (9-12) Took keen hold in touch, led over 1f out, soon hard pressed, kept on well under pressure, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) in Aug beating Cousin Khee (10-0) by 3/4l, 9 ran (flat).