Point-to-point form is becoming increasingly influential in bumpers and DEVIL'S DYKE looks a likely sort here. The four-year-old won over 2m4f between the flags at Tranwell in August and has joined Evan Williams since. Darkestbeforedawn has his first run for Caroline Keevil but won a Killarney bumper in August and Amazing D'Azy wasn't beaten far when third at Fontwell in May, though Abruzzi's second at the same track earlier looks stronger form.
Darkestbeforedawn (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 2nd entering straight and ridden to challenge 2f out, led over 1f out and kept on well under pressure, won at Killarney 2m 1f N H flat sft in Aug beating Oscar Zulu (11-7) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Abruzzi 33-1 (10-7) Held up in last pair, headway halfway, chased leaders 7f out, went 2nd 2f out, no chance with winner when jinked right towards paddock exit approaching final furlong, 2nd of 11, 12l behind Utopian (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Crackerjack Lahib gelding out of Tidesong.
Devil's Dyke (USA) 5-4 (10-7) Poor 3rd 11; gd hdwy to ld app last; rdn out, won at Tranwell 2m 4f ptp gd in Apr beating Stitched In Time (11-8) by 3l, 10 ran.
Ebony Storm Zafeen gelding out of Stormworthy Miss.
La Velle Vie (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway on outside 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 10, 23l behind Houseparty (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Maison Royale 33-1 (11-0) In touch, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 8th of 15, 19l behind Josh Deets (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in Sep.
Road Show 7-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, soon struggling, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Gevrey Chambertin (10-7) at Ffos Las 2m mdn nat hunt flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Silver Panther 80-1 (10-7) In rear, lost touch halfway, tailed off, last of 15, well behind Josh Deets (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in Sep.
Troyan (IRE) King's Theatre gelding out of Talk The Talk.
Amazing D'azy (IRE) 4-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and not much room 4f out, switched left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Suerte Al Salto (11-2) at Fontwell 1m 6f NH flat (6) gs in May.
Oscar Belle 100-1 (10-3) Slowly away, always tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Woodacre (10-13) at Hereford 1m 5f cond NH flat (6) gf in Jun.