Few possess rock solid claims so we'll take a chance with DESCARO whilst keeping an eye on Dreamwalk and Racingisdreaming as they make their hurdling bows. Alazan was quite well supported for a Cheltenham handicap but he failed to fire there and hadn't looked the most straightforwards in his three runs prior to that. Mymateeric only won a modest affair at Fakenham where Peace Corps performed well below market expectations so they have something to prove. Beat The Devil has been highly tried but needs to show more before he can be recommended and of more interest are Regal Lyric and a few of the newcomers. Tom Tate won this race last year and Regal Lyric is better than he was able to show at Musselburgh but he does have something to prove on the back of that run. Dreamwalk won his final start on the level off 78 and could be an interesting recruit as may Racingisdreaming be given that he wasn't beaten too far when last of six in a Group 3 last year. However, the suggestion is Descaro who twice finished second in four starts over obstacles in Ireland which makes him of interest at this level for his new yard. The form of his Punchestown second is respectable enough and the booking of Graham Lee is a positive.
Alazan (IRE) 7-2fav (10-3) Chased leader, pushed along after 3 out, weakened before last, 9th of 11, 12l behind Zafranagar (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Mymateeric 12-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders approaching 2 out, went 2nd between last 2, led narrowly approaching last, stayed on well towards finish, won at Fakenham 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov beating Am I Blue (10-5) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Abulharith 17-2 (10-7) Held up, ridden approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 35l behind Singapore Reef (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Beat The Devil 25-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Royal Mix (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Bedarra Boy 8-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, chased winner after 6th, challenged 3 out, mistake 2 out, unable to quicken flat, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Dark Oasis (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Bromhead (USA) 12-1 (9-4) Taken to post early, keen, soon led, headed approaching 4f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 22l behind Orthology (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gd in Oct (flat).
Descaro (USA) 11-2 (10-9) Mid-division, no impression from 3 out, 8th of 18, 12l behind Cross Appeal (10-12) at Thurles 2m 3yo mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Dreamwalk (IRE) 4-11fav (8-9) Pushed along briefly leaving stalls, chased rival until led over 7f out, ridden over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (6) gf in Oct beating Beauchamp Wizard (8-10) by 8l, 2 ran (flat).
Nayessence 66-1 (10-9) Chased leader, weakened approaching 2 out, 9th of 11, 24l behind Carlito Brigante (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
New Tricks 8-1 (10-12) Held up mid-divison, pushed along 4 out, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 23l behind Carlito Brigante (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Peace Corps 2-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 6th, soon behind, no danger after, 5th of 9, 19l behind Mymateeric (10-9) at Fakenham 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Pokfulham (IRE) 14-1 (8-1) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 14, 10l behind Steel Stockholder (7-13) at Doncaster 7f 3yo app hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct (flat).
Racingisdreaming (USA) (8-11) 2nd of 7, 2l behind Plaisir Du Tango (9-4) at Marseille-borely(FR) 1m stk gs in May (flat).
Regal Lyric (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Held up and keen, ridden to chase leaders after 3 out, weakened next, 8th of 11, 24l behind Carlito Brigante (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Reigning In Rio (IRE) 8-1 (8-3) Led until 3f out, stayed on same pace final 2f, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Postman (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Apr (flat).
Toujours Souriante 28-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, mistake 5th, soon lost touch, 7th of 10, well behind Monsieur Jourdain (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.