Kaysersberg is sure to be popular here having opened his account over hurdles at Kempton at the first time of asking. He's already won a bumper here but was some way adrift of IFYOUSAYSO in a Listed contest at Aintree in the spring. Donald McCain's charge had little to beat at Carlisle last month but has bags of scope and is expected to come out on top today. Midnight Oscar's third at Ludlow was a fair effort and he's another open to improvement but Mr Puck and Social Overdrive are returning from a break and Bop Along is starting to look exposed.
Ifyousayso (IRE) 1-5fav (10-12) Made all, clear before last, kept on well, won at Carlisle 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov beating Canadian Dreamer (10-12) by 5l, 5 ran.
Kaysersberg (FR) 9-2 (10-9) Mid-division, headway 3 out, led and hit next, ridden and joined last, ran on gamely, won at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov beating Barney Cool (10-12) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Bold Slasher (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, weakened over 5f out, tailed off, 5th of 8, 38l behind No Deal (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Bop Along (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced 8th, soon ridden, stayed on to take 3rd after last, no impression with leaders, 3rd of 13, 22l behind Maggio (11-5) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Haljaferia (UAE) 8-1 (10-2) Close up in inside, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 16, 14l behind Crackentorp (10-8) at York 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Jun '11 (flat).
Inside Knowledge (USA) 100-1 (10-12) Tracked leader and keen, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 12, 21l behind God's Own (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Kalani King (IRE) 9-2 (11-1) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, slightly outpaced over 1f out, stayed on final 100 yards, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Bob Tucker (11-4) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Midnight Oscar (IRE) 13-8fav (11-0) Held up in touch, closed 7th, every chance before 3 out, unable to quicken, stayed on, held by front pair, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Hold Court (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Mr Puck (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, blundered 4 out, soon lost place, ridden and headway after 2 out, went 3rd from last, kept on, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Well Sharp (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Social Overdrive (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Led 1f, with leader, led again over 3f out, ridden and hung left 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Mar beating Vineman (11-0) by 5l, 10 ran.