Points winner OSCATARA was sent off favourite for his debut under Rules in an Aintree bumper in October. He only managed fifth place but showed enough to suggest there would be plenty of improvement once he tackled hurdles and he gets his chance to underline that theory here. Billy Twyford was second on his hurdling debut at Exeter and has plenty of scope for improvement but Best Director and Wake Your Dreams may need their first run over obstacles. Josies Orders has shown signs of ability and looks a better bet than stablemate Old Pals Act.
Aldiva 33-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway 4f out on inner, outpaced over 2f out, kept on same pace and no impression, 7th of 10, 8l behind Ballyclough (10-4) at Haydock 2m nhf (5) gd in Mar '11.
Bally Lagan (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Always behind, tailed off before 2 out, 9th of 11, well behind Minella Definitely (10-12) at Kempton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.
Best Director (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden over 1f out, edged left and went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Vinnie My Boy (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in May.
Billy Twyford (IRE) 13-8 (10-12) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway approaching 3rd, every chance 3 out, no impression on winner before last, 2nd of 11, 13l behind Landscape (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Diamond Tammy (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, some headway over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 11th of 15, 44l behind Big Casino (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Josies Orders (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 5th, ridden and headway approaching 2 out, outpaced between last two, 5th of 9, 15l behind The Mumper (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Laidback Leo 33-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway over 6f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 15, 35l behind Big Casino (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Lucky Sun 50-1 (10-7) Always behind, struggling 5th, tailed off when mistake 2 out, 8th of 12, 41l behind Pendra (11-5) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Old Pals Act (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, well behind Minella Definitely (10-12) at Kempton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.
Oscatara (IRE) 9-4fav (11-0) Held up in touch, closed 3f out, every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 13l behind Broadway Buffalo (11-7) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Oct.
Paxford Junior 20-1 (11-0) In rear, pushed along over 5f out, well beaten over 4f out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Hallmark Harry (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jul '10.
Repeat Business (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Led early, prominent, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression over 1f out, 4th of 12, 14l behind Karazhan (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
The Boogeyman (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, soon lost place, 9th of 12, 38l behind Billy Dutton (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy.
Wake Your Dreams (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) In touch, headway 5f out, chased over 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden and headed narrowly over 1f out, driven along and rallied to lead again well inside final furlong, gamely, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in May beating Woodacre (11-2) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Music In The Air 20-1 (10-11) Mid-division, mistake 1st, lost place 4th, behind when jumped slowly next, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Weather Babe (11-0) at Towcester 2m Mares NH Novice Hurdle (3yo+) (4) sft.
Southway Queen 3-1 (11-7) (cp) (tt) ap; led 15 til hdd by-passing last; nt qckn, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Turning Tide (12-0) at Cherrybrook 3m ptp gd in Apr '11.
Theatrical Spirit 66-1 (10-5) Raced keenly, held up behind in touch until rapid headway to lead briefly after 3rd, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Roseini (10-5) at Towcester 2m mares NH nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Ussee (FR) 5-1 (10-7) Tracked leader, led 4f out, soon headed, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 11l behind Was My Valentine (11-2) at Fakenham 2m mrs NH flat (4-7yo) (6) gs in Apr.