Gymdoli, who scored at Hexham in November, looks to have the weaker form of the three winning hurdlers at the top of the weights as Woodpole Academy went into many notebooks when scoring easily at Newcastle and is an obvious threat to all, though DUKE OF NAVAN may have his measure. He also won at Newcastle before a cracking effort behind Dodging Bullets in a Cheltenham Grade 2, form that just gives him the edge. Winning bumpers Big Water and Rhymers Stone should be kept on the right side in what looks a stronger than usual event for the money.
Duke Of Navan (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Went right 1st, took keen hold, headway to chase winner after 2nd, challenged 3 out, every chance next, ridden and unable to quicken before last, lost 2nd run-in, no impression, lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Dodging Bullets (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Nov.
Gymdoli 4-1 (10-13) Tracked winner to 4 out, 4th and outpaced after next, soon ridden, stayed on to take moderate 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 28l behind Stopped Out (11-12) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Woodpole Academy (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 3 out, led 2 out, clear before and hit last, eased towards finish, won at Newcastle 2m NH Maiden Hurdle (4-6yo) (5) hvy in Dec beating Lord Wishes (11-0) by 5l, 15 ran.
Ballybroe (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Mid-division, weakened 4 out, soon behind and pulled up, in a race won by Forty Crown (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec, 13 ran.
Beatlejuice 100-1 (10-12) In touch, weakened before 4 out, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Eduard (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov, 16 ran.
Bernardelli (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, jumped left 3rd, jumped slowly next, well beaten after 6th, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Imjoeking (11-5) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Big Water (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway and not clear run over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 19, 41l behind The New One (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f nat hunt flat Grade 2 (1) gd in Apr.
Elmaatigra 33-1 (10-9) Badly hampered and nearly unseated rider 1st, chased leaders, weakened 4th, went left next, tailed off when blundered 2 out, 9th of 13, well behind Blackwater King (10-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Fozy Moss And Beyond gelding out of Peggy Sioux.
My Friend George 50-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 9, 25l behind Nodform Richard (11-2) at Hexham 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Pass Muster Evensfav (11-0) Held up mid-division, weakened before 2 out, poor 4th when fell last, in a race won by Bellapais Abbey (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gf in Mar, 11 ran.
Pudsey House 100-1 (10-12) Took keen hold in mid-division, weakened 3 out, 11th of 15, 34l behind Special Catch (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Rhymers Stone 7-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, ridden clear over 2f out, stayed on well, won at Ayr 1m 6f mdn nat hunt flat (6) sft in Nov beating Border Phoenix (11-6) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Remember Rocky 15-2 (9-0) In touch, ridden 3f out, not trouble leaders, 8th of 13, 10l behind Exceedexpectations (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Aug (flat).