Despite winning here in May, Kuilsriver doesn't have a penalty and is the pick on his best form over hurdles. He may be having a confidence-booster before going back over fences, however, while Regal One may struggle to give the weight away and Mr Watson looked ready for a step up in trip when fifth at Cheltenham, though is taking on lesser opposition now. Mister Newby was second to Pendra over C&D on his hurdling debut but a long way behind BALLINCURRIG in a Southwell bumper last April. Something was clearly amiss with the latter at Wetherby last time and he's given another chance here, though Ourmanmassini is worth noting for future reference.
Regal One (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, headway approaching 5th, ridden and outpaced when mistake 3 out, plugged on, 5th of 11, 21l behind Landscape (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Ballincurrig (IRE) 3-1 (10-7) Pulled hard in touch, chased leaders 7th, led after 4 out, headed before next, weakened quickly, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by War On (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Douchkirk (FR) 33-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 8th of 18, 27l behind Waterunder (11-4) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan '12.
Eco's Gamebird 66-1 (10-9) Always behind, weakened approaching 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by American Life (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Everkingly 100-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 3 out, soon chased leaders, effort next, ridden and weakened between last 2, 9th of 12, 31l behind Goodtoknow (10-11) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Get Back In Line (IRE) Milan gelding out of Daraheen Diamond.
Kuilsriver (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Blundered 1st, last pair, reminders after 9th, struggling in rear when blundered 4 out, well behind when fell heavily 2 out, in a race won by Opening Batsman (11-0) at Plumpton 2m 4f beg chs (3) sft in Dec, 6 ran.
Lone Ranger (FR) 25-1 (9-2) in a race won by Molly Malone (8-12) at Longchamp(FR) 2m 4f Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct, 11 ran (flat).
Mister Newby (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, mistake 2nd, took keen hold, headway on inside when mistake 3 out, went close 2nd when pecked last, no impression on winner flat, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Pendra (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Mr Watson (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Raced keenly, led and clear until hung right and joined on bend after 2nd, driven after 2 out, headed last, weakened flat, 5th of 8, 7l behind Melodic Rendezvous (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) hvy in Dec.
Nothing To Hide (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, in touch until weakened quickly before 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Dark And Dangerous (10-12) at Sandown 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Nov '11.
Ourmanmassini (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led well over 1f out, held on well, won at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Nov beating Oscar Tanner (11-2) by hd, 10 ran.
Port Hill 100-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, hampered after 6th, soon beaten, 6th of 11, 33l behind Zarzal (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Doyle's Dream 100-1 (8-12) Pulled hard tracking leader, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 14l behind Garrisson (9-3) at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Dec (flat).