MILO MAN has run twice on heavy ground and won easily both times including when making all on his hurdling debut at Carlisle. This is a bit trickier but he has scope for better things and will take some beating. Uhlan Bute landed a Southwell maiden after arriving from France then ran an excellent race at Sandown. He started favourite for a handicap at Cheltenham last time but never got into the action. Ashes House ran very poorly at Towcester last time but had several fine runs previously and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him bounce back. Hint Of Mint ran very well at Wincanton last time but is untested on ground this heavy.
Ashes House (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Raced keenly, led narrowly 2nd, headed 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 11, 50l behind Mountain Tunes (11-5) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Milo Man (IRE) 4-5fav (10-12) Made all, clear before last, won at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov beating Greensalt (10-12) by 5l, 10 ran.
Uhlan Bute (FR) 7-2fav (10-11) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 2 out, weakening when hit last, 7th of 9, 45l behind The Skyfarmer (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Dec.
Alwayslookback (IRE) 200-1 (10-9) In rear, mistake 1st, not fluent and well behind from next, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind No Such Number (10-11) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Dec.
Benefitofhindsight 66-1 (10-12) Held up, took keen hold, just about in touch before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Garrahalish (10-12) at Towcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec.
Hint Of Mint 50-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd well before 2 out, closed and hit 2 out, lost 2nd approaching last, 3rd and one pace flat, 3rd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Stand To Reason (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Dec.
Hollywood All Star (IRE) 200-1 (10-12) Mid-division, chased leaders after 5th, soon outpaced, 6th and beaten when hit last (usual 2 out), 7th of 14, 33l behind It's A Doddle (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Cantony 100-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, never on terms, well held by leading pair before next, 4th of 15, 30l behind Legacy Gold (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Last Chance Ranch 100-1 (10-5) Always behind, weakened 4 out, 6th of 8, well behind Handiwork (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Ravens Nest 20-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, one pace, 6th of 11, 9l behind Mixed Message (10-5) at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct.