Speed Master was a decent hurdler two years ago but the market will probably indicate what is expected on his return from injury. Fairwood Massini is back over fences after finishing third over hurdles at Wetherby but may be too high in the weights now. Hansupfordetroit ran well over 3m here last time, however, and Wychwoods Brook could feature if taking to fences. XAARCET won three times on heavy ground over hurdles last season and hails from a yard that normally gives plenty of schooling to its novice chasers. He could be the pick of the weights in this.
Speed Master (IRE) 2-1fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, good headway on inside after 5th, went 2nd next until 4 out, driven before next, stayed on to 2nd again before last, no impression, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Enfant De Lune (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr '12.
Hansupfordetroit (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Held up in touch in 4th, took keen hold, closed to lead after 9th, not fluent 13th, ridden when launched at 3 out and went left, rider thrown up neck and soon headed, unable to get back on terms with winner, stayed on, 2nd of 4, 3/4l behind Sivola De Sivola (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m (3) gs in Oct.
Sergeant Dick (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, led 4th, slipped up on bend after 8th, in a race won by Deciding Moment (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct, 16 ran.
Fairwood Massini (IRE) 13-2 (10-9) Chased leaders, with leaders 7th, ridden before 3 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 10, 28l behind Rally (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs.
Xaarcet (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, left disuting 2nd at 6th, outpaced before 3 out, weakened from next, 7th of 15, 34l behind Bygones Sovereign (10-4) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Wychwoods Brook 15-2 (11-12) Led, not fluent 3rd or 6th, headed 2 out, no extra last, 7th of 14, 20l behind Arctic Wings (10-0) at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Book'em Danno (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, raced keenly, under pressure 4 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 7, 44l behind Beeves (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Oct.
Celtic Fella (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Chased leader until after 4th, chased leaders, weakened 6th, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Tijori (10-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.