Mr Muddle sets the standard here on his runs behind Comedy Act and Gibb River at Plumpton, though he finished tailed off on the all-weather at Lingfield only four days ago. Knockdolian can be expected to improve on his debut in a decent race at Newbury and is a rare runner over hurdles for Roger Charlton. Lady Willa has been placed in three of her four starts over timber but we'll take a chance on MEGLIO ANCORA. Jonathan Portman's gelding became a little disappointing on the Flat and was well beaten on his latest start over timber but this represents a significant drop in grade and he's expected to appreciate the testing nature of this circuit.
Don Stefano 28-1 (9-0) Soon behind, last of 11, 41l behind Tanto Quanto (9-3) at Southwell 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) fbs in Aug '09 (flat).
Knockdolian (IRE) 18-1 (10-12) Held up in 5th, slow and lost place 2nd, modest 6th when badly hampered 3 out, well beaten when went right last, tailed off, 7th of 8, 50l behind Grandouet (11-8) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (3) gs in Dec.
Meglio Ancora 20-1 (10-12) Behind, some headway when hit 4th, hit next, soon lost touch, tailed off when hit 2 out, 7th of 9, well behind Smad Place (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Mr Muddle 7-2 (10-7) Led until 4 out, rallied and every chance next, soon outpaced by winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 7l behind Gibb River (11-12) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Goodison Park 40-1 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden 5th, weakened 3 out, 9th of 16, 25l behind Tony Star (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) gs.
Lady Willa (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Not fluent, with leaders when went right and squeezed rival 2nd, lost place when hit 3rd, headway to chase leadig trio under pressure after 3 out, went modest 3rd between last 2, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Switched Off (11-8) at Wincanton 2m cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Nov.
Polo Springs 20-1 (8-2) Slowly away and always in rear, 11th of 13, 12l behind Miss Whippy (8-7) at Windsor 1m 2yo sll (6) gf in Aug '09 (flat).