Ed Vaughan's Aaman showed much improved form back on the Polytrack at Wolverhampton at the beginning of the month and has every chance racing off a 10lb lower mark today but he is much better on the artificial surfaces so may be worth taking on. Tim Walford's Zefooha deserves to get her head in front having finished second in four of her last six starts but she is again likely to have to settle for minor honours, while Peter Chapple-Hyam's Aalya is similarly proving to be expensive to follow. Course winner Dan's Heir and John Quinn's Madamlily, who has been given a chance by the handicapper, are others worthy of a mention but it is DREAM RISK that gets the vote. Kate Walton's filly won narrowly on her most recent start on the level in August but has twice won over hurdles since then she looks worth siding with back on the flat off a 3lb higher mark than last time.
Zefooha (FR) 5-2fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced 3f out, soon beaten, 6th of 8, 14l behind Cat O' Nine Tails (9-6) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.
Spahi (FR) 28-1 (7-13) Held up mid-division, headway 2f out, ridden opver 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 10l behind Destinys Dream (8-5) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in May.
Miss Ferney 25-1 (8-13) Always in rear, 7th of 8, 19l behind Chookie Hamilton (10-1) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.
Madamlily (IRE) 15-2 (9-6) Mid-division, rider lost iron 3f out, soon driven, never on terms, 6th of 14, 14l behind Danceintothelight (8-8) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
La Bacouetteuse (FR) 33-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, soon ridden to challenge, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Chookie Hamilton (9-10) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Dan's Heir 5-1 (8-13) In touch, effort on inside over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 9, 7l behind Jeu De Roseau (9-0) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Aug.
Dream Risk (FR) 4-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, chased leader 4f out, led 2f out, ridden 3 lengths clear inside final furlong, just held on, won at Carlisle 1m 6f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug beating Winged Farasi (10-5) by ns, 8 ran.
Aaman (IRE) 22-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, led over 9f out, ridden and headed 2f out, stayed on, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Resplendent Ace (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Aalya (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Chased leaders on outer, ridden over 3f out, raced stands side and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 13, 14l behind Plan A (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Treason Trial 66-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, tailed off and eased over 2f out, last of 12, 49l behind Daytime Dreamer (9-10) at Catterick 1m 4f app hcp (6) gs in Jul.
Frankie Falco 40-1 (7-13) Held up, never dangerous, last of 10, 23l behind Arashi (8-8) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Veronicas Boy 14-1 (8-9) Led to over 4f out, soon lost place, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 23l behind Russian Music (9-4) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan.
Tivers Song (USA) 12-1 (8-10) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, headway over 1f out, not trouble leaders, 4th of 13, 6l behind Resplendent Ace (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (0-65) (6) pol.
Penshurst Lad (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Dwelt, held up in rear, never dangerous, 13th of 15, 33l behind Conduct (9-3) at Sandown 1m 1f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Moonlight Blaze 14-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, ridden 4f out, soon struggling, 8th of 10, 9l behind Short Supply (9-0) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) fbs.