Carrigmorna King, a winner over hurdles at Newbury in January, was sent off favourite on his reappearance at Chepstow but probably needed the run. He's already won a point-to-point so the switch to fences shouldn't be a problem and Philip Hobbs' six-year-old won't be far away here. But we are going to take him on with DARE ME, a very useful sort in bumpers and over the smaller obstacles when on song and very capable of winning in this grade if his jumping proves up to scratch. Shark Hanlon sends over Rudigreen but he may lack the scope of some of these while Dream Risk's recent hurdles wins came at a lower level. Victor Echo could sneak into a place if running up to his best however.
Blazing Desert 8-1 (12-0) In tch til rdn & wknd aft 3 out, last of 3, 21l behind Walcot Lathyrus (12-6) at Bangor-on-dee 3m ptp gd in May.
Carrigmorna King (IRE) 7-2fav (11-5) Towards rear, steady headway approaching 4 out, driven 2 out, went modest 5th last, 5th of 17, 10l behind Kitegen (10-8) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Oct.
Dare Me (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Prominent, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 13th of 21, 43l behind Attaglance (11-12) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Dark Oasis 40-1 (10-13) Led and keen, not fluent and headed 6th, remained close up until weakened before 3 out, 6th of 16, 31l behind Typhon De Guye (11-3) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Heavenstown (IRE) 17-2 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 4 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened next, 8th of 12, 21l behind Global Power (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f beg chs (4) sft in Oct.
Rudigreen (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Chased clear leader, closer in 4th halfway and went 2nd 5 out, led before 3 out and soon tried to assert, driven along 2 out and strongly pressed early run-in, headed 100 yards out and no extra under pressure, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Yachvili (10-12) at Downpatrick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 sft.
The Last Bridge 100-1 (10-11) Held up, behind and hung right 6th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Fox Run (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct, 9 ran.
Victor Echo (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 5th, pushed along after 9th, well held 5th before 3 out, hit 2 out, stayed on to take 3rd flat, no impression, 3rd of 8, 15l behind Boyfromnowhere (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Dream Risk (FR) 4-7fav (10-13) Always prominent, switched right before 3 out, soon pushed along, led after 2 out, stayed on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Aug beating Waltham Abbey (10-11) by 5l, 13 ran.
Miss Kalifa (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders on inside, took keen hold, not fluent 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, last of 10, 31l behind Florafern (11-1) at Worcester 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.