THOMAS WILD has learnt his trade in bumpers and novice hurdles and makes his handicap bow here off a fair mark. He needs to improve on what he has achieved to date but showed he was going the right way last time with a good effort at Chepstow and gets the vote. Kasban shoulders topweight but will find life easier here after competing in better company the last twice. Trip and ground will suit and he should go well, whilst the consistent veteran Heir To Be and reliable Teenage Kicks are also respected. Matako is useful but hard to predict.
Kasban 11-2 (10-7) Chased leader until after 6th, stayed close up until ridden and weakened after 3 out, 6th of 9, 14l behind Puzzlemaster (10-4) at Ascot 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Vivarini 9-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway under pressure approaching 4 out, chased leaders next, no extra flat, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Sun Tzu (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m sell (5) gd.
Teenage Kicks (IRE) 4-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, took closer order from 8th, went 2nd after 4 out, led 3 out, headed approaching last, no extra, 4th of 11, 10l behind Saintly Lady (10-10) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Heir To Be 9-1 (11-7) Led, headed before 4 out, soon ridden, weakened before 2 out, last of 3, well behind Decision (11-0) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) fm.
Matako (FR) 20-1 (11-7) Held up behind, pushed along 8th, never dangerous, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Flying Award (10-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd, 14 ran.
Thomas Wild 5-1 (11-0) In touch, chased leading pair when jumped left from 4 out, went 2nd when not fluent next, ridden and kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 9l behind Super Directa (11-6) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Luck'n'thanks (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Tracked leading pair on inside, lost place 3 out, soon outpaced, no impression from next, 5th of 7, 11l behind Hes Our Lad (10-10) at Stratford 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Solitary Palm (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Tracked winner until ridden after 4 out, in 3rd and one pace when blundered and stumbled badly 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Thunder Child (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp chs 0-105 (4) fm, 6 ran.
Vintage Fabric (USA) 16-1 (11-5) Prominent, chased leader 3rd until 7th, weakened under pressure before 3 out, 6th of 8, 16l behind Strumble Head (11-2) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Oct.
Arthurs Dream (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) In rear, mistakes 2nd and 8th, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Bertenbar (11-0) at Hereford 2m hcp chs 0-100 (4) gs in Mar, 7 ran.