The former Ireland-trained PRIORS GOLD is comfortably the pick on official ratings and on all known form. He's won twice over hurdles and has been in reasonable form on the Polytrack at Wolverhampton this winter so won't fail through lack of fitness and gets the vote. Khazium was beaten almost 20 lengths in a seller here in December and does better on quicker ground while King Of Wing has pulled very hard in his two runs to date and will need to settle better, even in this lowly grade. Loyal Master showed a bit of promise on his debut over timber at Plumpton but ran poorly when fancied for a seller here in December while David Bridgwater tries Nothing To Hide, who hasn't shown much to date, in blinkers for the first time.
Nothing To Hide (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) In rear, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Mr Watson (11-5) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Priors Gold 12-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, ridden in 5th 3 out, under pressure in 4th 2 out, kept on into 3rd last, no impression leaders, no extra run-in, 4th of 6, 9l behind Il Fenomeno (11-1) at Navan 2m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) in Nov '11.
Silver Panther 150-1 (10-7) Mid-division, mistake 3rd, slow next, soon behind, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Bathcounty (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Spade 25-1 (10-5) In rear, ridden and headway 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 11l behind Lillioftheballet (10-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Khazium (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Held up behind in touch, headway after 6th, disputed 2nd 3 out, kept on same pace in clear 3rd from next, no impression, 3rd of 7, 20l behind Dalmo (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 3yo sll hdl (4) sft in Dec.
King Of Wing (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, mistake 5th, ridden and struggling 4 out, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind King of Dudes (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Loyal Master (IRE) 3-1fav (10-12) Chased winner, driven and lost place before 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 30l behind Dalmo (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 3yo sll hdl (4) sft in Dec.