WHISPER has won both previous races here, a bumper last spring and a novice hurdle over course and distance on Boxing Day. He can probably be forgiven his run in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham last month and can get back to winning ways today. Rocknrollrambo won a maiden hurdle at Thurles last month for Eugene O'Sullivan but has his first start here for Anthony Middleton and more of a danger may be Un Ami, a fair fourth at Chepstow having travelled strongly into the straight. Lecale Lad and Western Warhorse are both winning pointers and now with powerful NH yards so can't be ignored.
Rocknrollrambo (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, headway to lead 4 out, ridden entering straight and kept on well under pressure from before last, won at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl in Jan beating Mimi And Bow (10-4) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Whisper (FR) 12-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, effort on outside 2 out, one pace bwteen last 2, weakened last, 4th of 5, 21l behind At Fishers Cross (11-12) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Gwili Spar 28-1 (11-2) Pulled hard in mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 10th of 13, well behind Oscar Hoof (11-5) at Ludlow 1m 6f NH flat (5) sft in Jan.
Just Basil 66-1 (10-13) last of 8, well behind Heath Hunter (11-4) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (6) hvy.
Lecale Lad (IRE) Revoque gelding out of Thyngreesa.
Lucky To Be Alive (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 16l behind Un Ace (10-11) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (6) std in Jan.
Road Show 66-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, weakened 6th, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Fox Run (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Rydon Pynes 20-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway to lead over 1f out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 15, nk behind Ericht (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Un Ami (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Mid-division on inside, not fluent, headway after 5th, every chance before 3 out, one pace flat, 4th of 13, 6l behind O'faolains Boy (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Western Warhorse (IRE) Westerner gelding out of An Banog.
Dereks Red Ruby 25-1 (10-10) With leader until ridden 4f out, weakened soon after, 9th of 13, well behind Molly's A Diva (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m mrs N H flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Kimora (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Held up, not fluent, always in rear, 14th of 16, well behind Ptit Zig (10-7) at Ludlow 2m NH mdn hdl (4) sft.