EDUARD was just over three lengths behind Melodic Rendezvous when conceding 6lb to the winner at Cheltenham in December. The latter went on to land the Grade 1 Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown while fifth Mr Watson has won twice since so the form looks very solid and Nicky Richards' promising novice should recapture the winning thread here. Gymdoli won at Hexham in November but has been found wanting under a penalty since while the four-year-old Luctor Emergo isn't improving. There could be more to come from Bankroll but, like jumping newcomer Moheebb, he was a miler on the Flat and may have stamina issues.
Eduard (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Bumped 1st, tracked leading pair, effort between last 2, led last, soon ridden, headed flat, no extra in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Melodic Rendezvous (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) hvy in Dec.
Gymdoli 16-1 (11-12) Led, not fluent 3rd, headed after 2 out, no extra flat, 5th of 13, 15l behind Duke Of Navan (11-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Bankroll 50-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, moderate effort before 2 out, never involved, 11th of 18, well behind Poet (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Basford Ben 28-1 (11-4) With leaders, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, 6th of 12, 23l behind Karazhan (11-4) at Wolverhampton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Fleet Fox 12-1 (10-12) In touch, lost place 4f out, 7th of 10, 36l behind Anitopia (11-2) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gd in May '11.
Moheebb (IRE) 9-2fav (9-4) Held up in last pair, ridden in rear 3f out, moderate headway inside final furlong, never a factor, 6th of 8, 6l behind Bowstar (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan (flat).
Plus Jamais (FR) 20-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, lost place over 6f out, 11th of 13, well behind River Maigue (11-2) at Ayr 2m NH flat (4) gd in Apr.
Trust Thomas 80-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 11, 20l behind Smadynium (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Luctor Emergo (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, reminders before 5th, behind when blundered next, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Ballybogey (11-4) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan, 10 ran.