Red Watch had a good record between the flags last year but, like Coole Abbey Major, Kingspark Boy and Surprise Us, lacks a recent run. The latter may have more scope than his rivals but QUALVIRO is surely the one to beat. He was well beaten when only third at Huntingdon last time but had trotted up at Market Rasen earlier and won over this shorter trip over hurdles last year. Bermuda Boy is probably the one for forecast-backers on previous form.
Qualviro (FR) 6-4 (11-11) Not fluent, chased leaders, badly hampered 1st, last 6th, went 3rd 4 out, well held after 3 out, jumped left 2 out, 3rd of 5, 39l behind Certain Flight (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m hts chs (6) sft in Feb.
Bermuda Boy (FR) 18-1 (11-11) Mid-division, headway 6th, 4th when mistake normal 4 out, weakened bypassing normal 2 out, 4th of 14, 18l behind Shales Rock (11-7) at Stratford 2m 4f nov hts chs (6) sft.
Coole Abbey Major (IRE) 25-1 (12-0) (bl) to & pu 11, in a race won by Watch The Birdie (11-0) at Pembrokeshire 3m ptp gs in May, 6 ran.
Kingspark Boy (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Hdwy 10; chsd wnr 13; wknd 3 out, 2nd of 8, 30l behind The Rubber Man (12-0) at Curre & Llangibby 3m ptp gd in Mar '13.
Red Watch (IRE) 6-4 (12-0) Ap; led 11-14; led nxt; ro wl, won at Ystrad Taf Fechan 3m ptp gs in Apr beating Get Off The Table (12-0) by 4l, 7 ran.
Silver Token 9-1 (11-0) (cp) nvr nrr, 5th of 10, 22l behind Aikideau (11-0) at Countryside Alliance Club (Wesse 3m ptp gd in Feb.
Surprise Us 11-1 (10-7) In rear, mistake 1st, under pressure halfway, beaten 4 out, 6th of 10, well behind Reaction (10-9) at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) gs in Oct '12.