This looks a very competitive bumper and previous winners Hes Our Lad and Kawa are probably facing a stiff task at the weights. Majorica King shaped with some promise when second to Ericht at Huntingdon, while Close House landed the odds at Ayr in January. Kings Lodge may do better when tackling hurdles and a longer trip, however, while Holme Rose will probably need her comeback run. Magnifique Etoile was third on his debut at Fontwell and Montbazon found only one too good at Kempton last month. Greywell Boy can build on a fair run at Warwick and newcomer Oscar Nominee has a decent pedigree but D'GIGI may be worth another chance to get off the mark as she had subsequent Wetherby winner Distime behind when runner-up at Musselburgh last time.
Hes Our Lad (IRE) 2-1 (10-11) Held up in last pair, headway 6f out, went 2nd 3f out, challenged going well 2f out, led narrowly and hung left inside final furlong, held on, won at Taunton 2m 1f mdn NH flat (5) gd in Nov beating Billy Merriott (11-2) by hd, 7 ran.
Kawa (FR) 9-4 (11-10) Chased leaders, challenged going well and every chance from 3f out until 2f out, soon ridden and not pace of leading duo, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Saint Luke (11-13) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Atlantic Pearl 16-1 (11-4) Led, driven and headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 14, well behind Fingal Bay (11-4) at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (5) sft in Feb.
Captain Sunshine Oscar gelding out of Gaye Fame.
Deciding Moment (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Slowly away, raced in rear, headway 3f out, never on terms, 6th of 17, 24l behind Oscar Magic (10-4) at Kempton 2m NH flat (5) gs in Feb.
Kings Lodge Evensfav (11-4) Held up in touch, headway to challenge over 3f out, soon faded, 4th of 7, 18l behind All That Remains (11-4) at Fakenham 2m NH flat (6) gs in Jan.
Majorica King (FR) 16-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway 4f out, stayed on to take 2nd over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 7l behind Ericht (11-5) at Huntingdon 1m 6f NH flat (6) gs in Jan.
Mystic Appeal (IRE) Alderbrook gelding out of Piseog.
Next Man In (IRE) 18-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, ridden to chase leaders 4f out, kept on same pace under pressure final 2f, never on terms, 6th of 12, 22l behind Tarn Hows (11-4) at Bangor 2m 1f mdn n h flat (6) gs in Feb.
Theatrical Star 11-8fav (11-5) Held up in touch, challenged 6f out, ridden 2f out, demoted to 3rd and one pace 1f out, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Hayjack (11-5) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Wonmorenomore (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division and pulled hard, clipped heels after about 1f, soon tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 8th of 13, 31l behind Mawsem (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Close House 8-13fav (10-12) Tracked leader, led over 6f out, came clear with one other over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, held on under pressure final furlong, stayed on towards finish, won at Ayr 1m 6f 4yo nhf (6) gd in Jan beating Koultas King (10-5) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
D'Gigi 8-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headwaqy over 2f out, ridden and every chance entering final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Felix Yonger (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) gd in Jan.
Holme Rose 6-4fav (10-9) Pressed leader, led over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, headed just over 1f out, soon beaten, 2nd of 9, 9l behind Dorabelle (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m N H flat (6) gf in Apr.
Greywell Boy 50-1 (10-7) In touch, pushed along 4f out, one pace final 2f, 5th of 17, 8l behind Shuil Royale (11-10) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Magnifique Etoile 15-2 (10-7) Chased leaders, one pace and no impression over 2f out, 3rd of 9, 23l behind Beattie Green (10-0) at Fontwell 1m 6f NH flat (6) gs in Jan.
Montbazon (FR) 3-1 (10-8) Mid-division, smooth headway on outside to chase leaders over 3f out, challeneged, going well and every chance when badly hampered and pushed left over 2f out, switched left and kept on inside final furlong, not recover, 2nd of 16, 1l behind Cheltenian (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (5) gs in Feb.
Oscar Nominee (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of Native Bid.