Parklane Princess gets a handy weight allowance and is selected ahead of Ebony Lady and Asaateel, while a move for Just Beware would also be interesting. The last named is a long-standing maiden though and cannot be backed with supreme confidence to break his duck - even in a weak contest such as this. Asaateel is also yet to win a race over hurdles but has shown enough to suggest a race like this is well within his boundaries. Joint top weight makes life hard, but the son of Unfuwain is an honest type that should not be underestimated in this company. Ebony Lady was of modest ability on the Flat and struggled to hold her own in selling grade races. She has shown improvement for the switch in codes and, assuming her jumping holds together, she has to be a major player here. Nevertheless, Parklane Princess - an authoritative winner of a seller at Taunton last November - may have a touch more to offer from her current mark and she looks a safe conveyance for her inexperienced rider today.
Asaateel (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Held up, headway 3 out, ridden before 2 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 15, 16l behind Viscount Rossini (11-5) at Leicester 2m nov clm hdl (4) gs in Jan.
It's Rumoured 40-1 (11-7) Prominent, ridden after 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, 9th of 16, 26l behind Win A Rose (11-0) at Ludlow 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Benedict Bay 25-1 (10-4) Held up, mistake 2 out, some late headway, never dangerous, 7th of 14, 24l behind Helen Wood (10-5) at Leicester 2m amt hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs in Jan.
Ebony Lady 20-1 (10-0) Led after 2nd until fell 4 out in race won by Kick And Prance (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jan, 10 ran.
Tirailleur (IRE) 6-1 (10-6) Raced wide, held up, weakened after 2 out, 6th of 8, 34l behind Tanzanite Dawn (10-0) at Folkestone 2m 1f mrs hcp hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Romney Marsh 150-1 (9-12) Held up in touch, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 38l behind Armariver (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Overjoyed 50-1 (10-2) Led, mistake and headed 7th, weakened next, 6th of 11, 39l behind Major Oak (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Silistra 40-1 (9-10) Held up, effort after 2 out, ridden and weakened well before last, 6th of 9, 27l behind Mount Benger (10-13) at Folkestone 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.
Wondersobright (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Led, hit 5th and 8th, soon headed, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 16, 32l behind Celtic Major (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.
Barton Beau (IRE) 11-1 (10-9) Prominent, reminder after 7th, ridden 8th, weakened 3 out, beaten when pulled up 2 out in race won by Don't Ask Me (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f sll hdl (5) gs, 5 ran.
Just Beware 5-1 (10-6) Chased leaders until driven and weakened between last 2, 4th of 8, 29l behind Tanzanite Dawn (10-0) at Folkestone 2m 1f mrs hcp hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Acertack (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Tracked leader, lost place 8th, beaten when pulled up 2 out in race won by The Hardy Boy (10-13) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-90 (5) hvy in Dec, 9 ran.
Park Lane Princess (IRE) 7-4fav (10-5) Prominent, chased leader 4th, led on bit 2 out, driven out, readily, won at Taunton 2m 1f 3yo nov sll hdl (5) gd in Nov beating Princess of Aeneas (10-5) by 3l, 10 ran.
Redlynch Spirit (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) In touch and keen, ridden and weakening when mistake 2 out, 7th of 12, 25l behind Star Double (11-5) at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.