A couple of in-form platers head the weights in this with the conditions appearing to favour KING OF CASTILE, who is chasing a hat-trick having scored at Folkestone and Fontwell last month. He has form on this quicker ground and is arguably better over this trip than Cityar, who has a good record at this track nevertheless. Hassadin is dropped in grade but his last two runs have been disappointing, though he'd have every chance on his second to Grams And Ounces at Hereford in December. Daneva may lack the pace of some of these over hurdles but still looks best of the rest ahead of Uttoxeter second Blue Ronnie.
King of Castile 11-4 (11-12) Made all, hard ridden when joined 2 out, edged right flat, stayed on to pull clear towards finish, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan beating Terra Bleu (10-13) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Cityar (FR) 7-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 6th, led approaching 3 out, soon edged left, not fluent 2 out, pecked last, soon headed, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Aviso (11-1) at Ludlow 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gs in Jan.
Billy Blade 9-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, not fluent 1st, hit 3rd, blundered 6th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Aviso (11-1) at Ludlow 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gs in Jan, 11 ran.
Duffy Moon 10-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders and keen, weakened before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Spot The Ball (10-13) at Southwell 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jan, 13 ran.
Free Advice (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Chased leaders, pushed along before 5th, lost place next, went poor 3rd soon after last, tailed off, 3rd of 7, 40l behind Advisor (10-9) at Hereford 2m 4f sll hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Hassadin 25-1 (11-3) Prominent until ridden and weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 13, well behind Shuil Royale (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Jan.
Highkingofmunster (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Mid-division, lost place when mistake 3rd, behind when pulled up after 5th, in a race won by Quinte Du Chatelet (11-7) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jan, 9 ran.
Mister Twirley (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 1st, ridden 6th, soon behind, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Sainglend (10-9) at Hereford 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Sam's Pride 33-1 (9-11) Held up, well beaten after 3 out, fell last, in a race won by Hohlethelonely (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jan, 12 ran.
Daneva (IRE) 28-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3rd, led 12th, jumped left and bumped 3 out, headed before next, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 9, 16l behind Niceonefrankie (10-10) at Hereford 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Blue Ronnie (IRE) 7-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, mistake 1st, not fluent 3 out, led approaching next, hit last and headed, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind On The Right Path (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f cnd/am sll hdl (5) hvy in Jan.