BUXOM wasn't disgraced in one of these at Kempton at the end of last month. She won a couple of bumpers at the start of her career and has been successful on soft ground over hurdles so this deeper surface should suit and she has little to beat here. Exemplary won a handicap hurdle at Wincanton on Boxing Day and may be the danger, though he's been well beaten twice on Polytrack since. King Rolfe hasn't shown much since winning a maiden hurdle at Stratford in October and Johnnys Legacy is only a plater but House Party did win a bumper in 2012.
Direct Approach (IRE) 100-1 (10-0) Towards rear, not fluent 1st, pushed along 3rd, not fluent 5th, well behind next, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Wintered Well (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Dec, 13 ran.
Exemplary 4-1 (11-12) In touch, headway after 3 out, led 2 out, wandered approaching last, driven out, won at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec beating Pertinent (11-5) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Houseparty 100-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, ridden and modest headway over 2f out, no impression, 12th of 16, 14l behind Pass Muster (11-1) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Johnnys Legacy (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, led before 4 out, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened run-in, 3rd of 12, 12l behind Oh Right (9-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Jan.
King Rolfe (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Held up, ridden 3 out, never dangerous, 5th of 6, well behind Emral Silk (11-6) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Nowdoro 20-1 (11-0) In touch on inside, reminder after 6th, lost place 8th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Red Sherlock (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Dec, 12 ran.
Buxom (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon outpaced and no impression on leaders, 6th of 13, 16l behind Ellnando Queen (10-8) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Classical Chloe 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, mistake and dropped to rear 2nd, struggling 6th, lost touch and pulled up before next, in a race won by Truckers Darling (10-12) at Southwell 3m mares mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan, 8 ran.