Peter Monteith's Los Nadis faces no easy task in giving weight away all round in this handicap hurdle and with ground conditions to suit it may be worth backing PERCUSSIONIST to follow up his reappearance success at Kelso in November off just a 5lb higher mark, with the main danger rated as War Party. Richard Newland's gelding ran on well when landing a novices hurdle at Worcester when last seen in August and he looks to be reasonably well treated for his debut in a handicap off a mark of 118. Keith Reveley's Brackenmoss is relatively lightly raced after just nine career starts but needs to improve to trouble the judge and of more interest may be Vasodilator. Don McCain's gelding was good value for his win in a novice event at Bangor on his latest start in April and he has to be respected on his first start since then and on his debut in a handicap off a mark of 125. Stopped Out has shown improved form of late and is another to consider but there was plenty to like about the way that Percussionist won last time and he can score again.
Los Nadis (GER) 8-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, led after 4 out, ridden 2 out, headed last, kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Mesbaah (10-8) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Vasodilator (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, tracked leader, led approaching 5th, drew clear approaching 2 out, not fluent last, eased towards finish, won at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gf in Apr beating Tuskar Rock (11-0) by 13l, 12 ran.
Calatagan (IRE) 13-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders in 4th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 7, 22l behind Sa Suffit (11-7) at Haydock 2m hcp chs 0-140 (2) sft in Nov.
Percussionist (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) With leaders, led approaching 3 out, driven out, won at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Nov beating Cassius (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Bureaucrat 40-1 (11-1) In touch, headway to 3rd, after 2 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Spirit River (11-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
War Party 16-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway after 4 out, led flat, ridden and held on towards finish, won at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Aug beating Major Payne (10-12) by nk, 10 ran.
Brackenmoss (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway to go mid-division 6th, chased winner from 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 11, 9l behind Echo Point (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Dancing Dik 25-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway from 3 out, ridden approaching and hit 2 out, one pace from last, 4th of 11, 15l behind Iconoclast (11-6) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Woody Valentine (USA) 50-1 (10-6) Held up, pushed along after 4th, soon struggling, 8th of 13, 32l behind Open de L'Isle (10-9) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
The Gloves Are Off (IRE) 14-1 (12-1) Led or disputed lead, headed before 5 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind Wellforth (11-6) at Limerick 2m 6f am hcp hdl 8Evens09 gd in Jul.
Qbuster (IRE) 17-2 (11-0) Held up, chased leaders approaching 2 out, led approaching last, headed flat, no extra, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Whats Up Woody (11-0) at Hexham 3m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Stopped Out 11-4fav (11-5) Tracked leader, left in lead 5th, joined 3 out, ridden and under pressure last, soon headed, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind Jumby Bay (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Sendali (FR) 9-1 (10-6) Towards rear, headway on outside approaching 3 out, soon ridden and weakened before next, 6th of 11, 17l behind Catch Bob (10-13) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Nov.