Tony Carroll's Apache Chant is a consistent performer and should again be thereabouts but he remains a maiden under all codes after 23 starts and looks booked for a place at best in a race taken to go to POINTS OF VIEW, who gets the vote ahead of Himrayn. The son of Generous looks the pick of Anabel King's two runners ahead of Wisteria Lane, having run well when chasing home Clerk's Choice in a novices' hurdle at Huntingdon last month and he has claims on his handicap debut off a mark of 101. Seaquel had to be dropped into a seller before opening his account for Andy Haynes and has run well in the same grade in his only start since then but he may struggle back in a handicap. Marino Prince has shown little sign of ability over hurdles so far and of more interest may be French import Santo Thomas, who makes his handicap debut for Venetia Williams. The vote though goes the way of Kim Bailey's Points of View, who made an encouraging reappearance at Towcester last month and a similar effort today will make him tough to beat.
Apache Chant (USA) 9-1 (10-7) Mid-division, outpaced 5th, rallied 2 out, went 3rd last, no chance with winner, 3rd of 11, 11l behind Niceonefrankie (10-10) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Points of View 8-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, close 3rd when hit 2 out, soon switched left, not fluent last, hung left and no impression flat, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Woodlark Island (11-5) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in May.
Himrayn 40-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge after 3 out, not pace of winner, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Clerk's Choice (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Arch 25-1 (11-0) Raced keenly in mid-division, in touch when not fluent 3rd, lost place 6th, well beaten when mistake 3 out, 11th of 13, 35l behind All Three Fables (11-2) at Stratford 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May '09.
Santo Thomas (FR) 100-1 (10-7) Behind, never a factor, 12th of 17, well behind Nice One Eric (11-0) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Seaquel 10-1 (10-5) In touch, not fluent 2nd, chased winner 3 out, mistake next, no impression, mistake last, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Letham Island (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gf.
Marino Prince (FR) 7-1 (11-8) In touch, lost place 3 out, 6th and outpaced when fell 2 out, in a race won by Nono Le Sage (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May, 13 ran.
Danzig Fox 66-1 (10-5) Towards rear, reminders 6th, no chance after, 6th of 8, 9l behind Cubism (11-0) at Stratford 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in May.
Wisteria Lane (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) Hit 8th, always in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Canni Thinkaar (10-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov, 14 ran.