Dirty Deal was held when left in the lead at Chepstow a year ago before a decent enough effort in a novices' handicap there in February. She hasn't run since and COOL TOUCH may have her measure provided the ground doesn't get any softer. He's been chasing and finished runner-up on three occasions but he's generally competed at a higher level over hurdles and this looks his chance. Dune Shine won a seller at Stratford in November before being tailed off in two handicaps. He's an obvious threat along with Maccabees, a winner on the Flat at Brighton in October when the ground was very testing and a close third in a three-year-old hurdle at Plumpton last month.
Bobbits Way 7-2 (11-1) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, effort 3 out, soon one pace, 4th of 7, 9l behind Emirate Isle (10-5) at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Cool Touch (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, led when mistake 2nd, headed and mistake next, ridden and lost place after 7th, weakened next, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Mentalist (10-6) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Dune Shine 66-1 (10-7) Raced wide, held up behind in touch, struggling 7th, never dangerous, 10th of 11, well behind Landscape (10-13) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp (3) hvy in Dec.
Magnitude 66-1 (10-12) Led, headed 2nd, chased leader, every chance 3 out, soon ridden, weakened next, last of 5, 31l behind Reaction (11-1) at Leicester 2m sll hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Dirty Deal 6-1 (11-6) Raced keenly, with winner, lost place 3rd, headway under pressure after next, went 2nd 4 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no chance with winner from 2 out, 2nd of 8, 16l behind Bendant (10-12) at Chepstow 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.
Card Lover 150-1 (11-0) Always in rear, soon lost touch, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Valrene (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov, 14 ran.
Maccabees 12-1 (10-12) Keen not fluent, held up in touch in last place, ridden 3 out, no impression, 3rd of 4, 8l behind Sir Fredlot (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec.