Most of these struggle to get their heads in front but Ullswater should go close again after seconds at Plumpton and Worcester while Bob Lewis only found one too good for the third time in four starts here on Tuesday. Meridiem is back on a winning mark but isn't really firing at present while Exiles Return's second at Exeter has done his handicap mark no favours. SPINNING WATERS tends to reserve his best for Chepstow and was third on the Flat there three weeks ago but he's not badly treated on the pick of his hurdles form and, with Robbie Dunne taking off a further 3lb, gets a speculative vote in this opener.
Numen (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, took keen hold, headway before 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Lauberhorn (11-6) at Huntingdon 2m ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Prime Contender 5-1 (11-11) Mid-division, blundered and lost place 4th, behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by Los Nadis (11-4) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Aug '08, 12 ran.
Spinning Waters 10-1 (10-13) Mid-division, some headway 6th, no impression 2 out, 9th of 18, 30l behind Molon Labe (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Meridiem 15-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, went 2nd briefly after 3 out, 4th and one pace 2 out, no extra, 5th of 18, 22l behind Prince Pippin (11-4) at Towcester 2m 3f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Ullswater (IRE) 5-2fav (11-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd travelling well after 3 out, led before 2 out, joined and mistake last, soon pressed, no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind Hawk Gold (9-7) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Bob Lewis 9-2 (9-9) Took keen hold, mid-division, jumped right and bumped 1st, headway approaching 5th, challenged 2 out, every chance when hung left flat, soon went right, held after, stayed on, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Thoresby (11-3) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Red Whisper 7-1 (10-10) Towards rear, some headway 5th, never on terms, 5th of 11, 28l behind Nothing Is Forever (10-1) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Exiles Return (IRE) 100-1 (9-11) Raced keenly, led until 3 out, chased leader until dropped to 3rd and left 2nd last, no impression flat, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Party Palace (10-0) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Apr.
Compassion 66-1 (10-2) Led, soon clear, headed over 2f out, soon ridden and headed, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 20l behind Dr Livingstone (11-5) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Sonofagun (FR) 14-1 (10-8) Mid-division, hit 4 out, weakened sooon after, behind and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Ivor's King (10-13) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov, 16 ran.
Harris Garden (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Held up in rear, hampered 6th, soon well behind, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Moscow In April (10-6) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd, 14 ran.
Rum Ginney 25-1 (10-7) Took keen hold in 3rd, chased winner approaching 2nd, hung left after 6th, lost 2nd next, soon beaten, 3rd of 4, 48l behind Molaise Lad (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f cnd/am sll hdl (5) sft.