A hands and heels apprentice bumper rounds off the card, and there's not much form to go on, but we'll tentatively suggest ACORDEON as the likely winner, with the main dangers likely to Double Dash and Ballyoliver. Nicky Henderson's gelding's shown some promise in a couple of bumpers to date, but was a beaten favourite last time out. Ballyoliver won a point to point last time out and now makes his debut under rules. he cost 85 thousand Guineas in November, and connections will be wanting a return. Double Dash showed signs of running green on debut but was still third, and is entitled to improve for that. An interesting one is Scrum V, a good second on debut for Tim Vaughan, and breeding suggests there could be a decent hurdling career to come. Market support for any of the quartet of debutants should be noted, but we'll side with Acordeon.
Fintan 4-1 (11-3) In rear, headway 4f out, went 2nd over 1f out, 3rd inside final furlong, no chance with first two and joined on line, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Cry Alot Boy (10-4) at Lingfield 2m nhf (6) pol in Mar '07.
Acordeon (IRE) 11-8fav (11-4) Prominent, every chance 2f out, soon ridden, not quicken final furlong, 5th of 12, 12l behind Express Leader (11-4) at Wincanton 2m nhf (5) sft in Nov.
Ballyoliver (11-7) Led 3rd, soon clear, very easily, won at Castletown Geog' 3m ire ptp sft in Oct beating Two Shook Men (11-7) by 15l, 10 ran.
Daison 14-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, always behind, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Last One Standing (10-9) at Southwell 2m nhf (6) gd in Sept.
Double Dash 66-1 (11-2) Held up, headway approaching 3f out, one pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Moorlands Teri (10-2) at Bangor 2m 1f nhf (5) sft in Dec.
Esarbe 100-1 (10-11) In touch, hung badly left bend over 4f out, soon weakened, 12th of 16, 44l behind Burton Port (11-2) at Hereford 2m 1f nhf (6) sft in Dec.
Makhzoon (USA) Dynaformer gelding, half-brother to numerous winners from 7f-1m4f including high-class miler Daneskaya.
Sail And Return 14-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 18, 18l behind Henry King (11-0) at Newbury 2m 4yo nhf (5) gs in Nov.
Scrum V 16-1 (10-13) In touch, lost place 10f out, ridden and headway over 3f out, stayed on to take 2nd 2f out, 2nd of 11, 10l behind Alfie Sherrin (11-2) at Chepstow 2m nhf (6) gs in Nov.
Shooters Wood (IRE) Needle Gun gelding out of Talbot's Hollow.
Sir Mark (IRE) 5-1 (10-10) In rear, ridden, headway over 4f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 9, 9l behind Baron Breeze (10-11) at Newcastle 2m nhf (5) gf in Mar.
The Red Laird Kayf Tara gelding out of a lightly-raced mare.
Valldoun (FR) 25-1 (11-0) Soon led, headed over 5f out, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 14, 43l behind Bai Zhu (10-9) at Towcester 2m nhf (5) sft in Nov.
Scandal 14-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, made some late headway, 8th of 15, 15l behind Cill Rialaig (10-9) at Cheltenham 1m 4f 4yo nhf (1) gs.
Come On Barbee (IRE) Rudimentary mare out of Ladies Term.