Given the form of his yard, Foxbridge is certainly worth a second look in this opener while Vagrant Emperor ran a nice race on his return from a lay-off at Uttoxeter, though remains a maiden. Salpierre is starting to look well treated and Danny Benson's mount may well prove a better bet than stablemate Sagredo while Wings Of Icarus and last month's Fontwell winner Farbreaga are at the right end of the handicap. GALLOX BRIDGE only has one above him in the weights and hasn't been seen since unseating his rider at Wincanton in January but he looked a fair prospect when winning a couple of novice events at Uttoxeter around this time last year and goes well fresh. Tim Vaughan's charge gets a tentative vote.
Clarion Call 9-1 (11-12) Tracked winner, mistake 2nd, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 34l behind The Lemonpie (10-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Oct.
Gallox Bridge 6-1 (10-13) Led, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, blundered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Star Of Angels (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan, 12 ran.
Filbert (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) In touch on outside, blundered and reminder 6th, lost place after 4 out, weakened next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Rangitoto (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Nov '11, 18 ran.
Quousko de L'Isop (FR) 6-1 (11-8) Mid-division, headway 4 out, effort on inside next, kept on same pace, 4th and no impression when not fluent last, 4th of 12, 6l behind Midnight Tuesday (11-5) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Lamps 8-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, left 3rd before last, 3rd of 10, 14l behind On The Right Path (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in May.
Psi (USA) 14-1 (11-6) Always behind, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Madame Jasmine (10-8) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct, 11 ran.
Foxbridge (IRE) 7-2fav (11-7) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened 2 out, 10th of 14, well behind Water Garden (11-2) at Ascot 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Taroum (IRE) 3-1fav (11-11) Led until ridden and headed before 3 out, weakened rapidly, soon tailed off, last of 7, well behind King Olav (11-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gf in Aug '11.
Decimus (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, ridden before last and fell when disputing 2nd, in a race won by Ivor's King (10-10) at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct, 10 ran.
Salpierre (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Behind, mistake 3rd, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 11, 27l behind Harry Hunt (11-9) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
Vagrant Emperor (IRE) 11-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway 6th, jumped slowly and lost place 9th, stayed on steadily from 2 out, 4th of 12, 12l behind What An Oscar (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Sagredo (USA) 12-1 (11-10) Held up, not fluent 1st, headway 3 out, ridden after next, 4th and no extra last, 5th of 7, 19l behind Ballybough Gorta (10-6) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Sep.
Occasionally Yours (IRE) 7-1 (10-8) Tracked leader, ridden 3 out, kept on same pace approaching last, 5th of 8, 16l behind El Dancer (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
Wings Of Icarus (IRE) 13-2 (11-1) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, hung left from 4th, ridden in modest 4th after 3 out, went 3rd before and went left last, 3rd of 11, 32l behind Monte Cavallo (11-1) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar.
The Good Guy (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Mid-division, headway to go 3rd before 4th, challenged after 8th, weakening when mistake 2 out, 4th of 8, 17l behind Lion On The Prowl (11-6) at Southwell 3m clm hdl (5) gd in Aug.
Farbreaga (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Made all, hit 2nd, strongly challenged 2 out, ran on well, won at Fontwell 2m 4f Conditional Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-95) (3yo+) (5) sft in Oct beating Himayna (11-6) by 4l, 4 ran.
Prince Pippin (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders on inside, effort 3 out, ridden and every chance next, kept on same pace under pressure flat, 4th of 14, 1 1/2l behind Wings Of Smoke (11-7) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.