Caribean Boy is also engaged to run at Haydock but wherever he goes he's certain to improve for his debut for new connections at Doncaster last month, his first start since a close second in an Auteuil Listed hurdle in April 2018. Not Another Muddle returns after a break since April but would have to be considered on his earlier victory at this level at Sandown. Sir Ivan hasn't run over fences for over a year but arrives in winning form having scored over hurdles here last month. Azzuri, the easy winner of a Listed handicap at Ayr in April, has run poorly in all subsequent races but CLOUDY GLEN ran a fine race over a trip too far at Sandown and has the scope to make further progress. Kayf Adventure is 1lb lower than when landing a Class 2 handicap here two years ago and is another on the shortlist.
Not Another Muddle 11-8fav (11-12) Mistake 1st, raced keenly in rear, went 3rd at 4th, not fluent next, not much room on inside after 10th, chased leader after 4 out, led after next, soon ridden, headed flat, no extra near finish, 2nd of 4, 1l behind Romain De Senam (11-11) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Caribean Boy (FR) 10-3fav (11-0) Chased leaders on inside, went 3rd and one pace before 2 out, 3rd of 8, 9 1/2l behind The Big Bite (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 5f (4) sft in Jan.
Sir Ivan 16-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, went 2nd before 7th, led approaching 9th, headed before last, soon led again, driven out, won at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp (3) sft in Jan beating Maypole Class (11-1) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Azzuri 25-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, lost touch 7th, tailed off 5 out, last of 5, dist behind Katpoli (11-3) at Wetherby 1m 7f hcp (2) sft in Jan.
Cloudy Glen (IRE) 6-1 (10-4) Pulled hard, not fluent 9th, rapid headway chasing leader 12th, led before 2 out, headed last, no extra run-in, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Deise Aba (10-7) at Sandown 3m hcp (2) sft in Feb.
Beau Bay (FR) 12-1 (11-8) Soon led, headed 6th, led again before next, headed after 5 out, soon under pressure, left in modest 2nd 3 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 23l behind Charmant (11-9) at Wetherby 2m 3f hcp (3) sft in Jan.
Westend Story (IRE) 11-8fav (11-7) Led until 2nd, led again 6th, blundered badly and unseated rider next, at Exeter 2m 3f hcp (3) hvy in Jan.
Kayf Adventure 8-1 (10-5) Always prominent, went 2nd 6th, led 3 out, ridden and headed last, weakened towards finish, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Domaine De L'Isle (10-13) at Ascot 2m 5f hcp (2) hvy in Jan.
Saintemilion (FR) 3-1 (11-4) Led until 2nd, chased winner until 4 out, weakened before next, 4th of 7, 16l behind Molineaux (11-5) at Wincanton 2m hcp (3) sft in Jan.