CALON CRWBIN looks the one to beat here, although strong runs from Kaybeew, Rozolenn and Promising Anshan would come as no surprise. The selection has more experience than many of his rivals, and has achieved an official rating of 120 after a solid third to Gus Macrae last time out. Having started at huge prices in three runs to date, he looks sure to be a much more prohibitive price today but that may underline his chance and he should run well with the step up in trip in his favour. Another Dark Rum doesn't look to be progressing, Battlefield Bob may improve for the better ground, whilst Busy Times may need three miles before winning. Kaybeew shaped with promise on his hurdling bow at Hereford and this Plumpton bumper winner should appreciate the longer trip today, as should former point-to-point winner Towmater. French import Rozolenn needs a market check on his first start for Venetia Williams, whilst Promising Anshan looks likely to appreciate this better surface and he ran well here when second to Persian Gates on his debut under rules. An interesting contest, but the feeling is that Calon Crwbin can score.
Another Dark Rum 100-1 (11-9) Mid-division, pushed along after 4 out, weakened next, 13th of 18, 46l behind Knight In Purple (10-4) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Battlefield Bob (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Led until 8th, mistake and weakened next, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Double Pride (11-4) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Busy Times 50-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, steadied before 4th, last approaching 7th, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Silver Kate (11-1) at Bangor 3m nov hdl (3) gs in Feb.
Calon Crwbin 150-1 (11-1) Towards rear, headway 4th, ridden to chase winner approaching last, soon no extra, 3rd of 16, 7l behind Gus Macrae (11-1) at Hereford 2m 1f NH mdn hdl (4) sft.
Constant Cupid (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 4th, ridden after 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, soon hung left, 8th of 9, 40l behind Bai Zhu (10-12) at Newbury 2m 5f NH Novice Hurdle (5yo+) (4) gs.
Kaybeew 18-1 (11-3) Prominent, close up 3 out, ridden and weakened 2 out, 5th of 15, 24l behind Fahrisee (11-0) at Hereford 2m 1f NH mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Lordy (NZ) 100-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, lost place 3rd, weakened before 3 out, 13th of 16, well behind Golan Way (10-8) at Huntingdon 2m nov hdl (4) gf in May '08.
Newgatehopeful 33-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, weakened over 4f out, last of 9, well behind Lucky Sunny (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Pollen Jock (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, weakened approaching 4 out, 7th of 12, 41l behind Troubletimestwo (10-1) at Doncaster 2m cond nov hdl 4yo+ (4) gd.
Promising Anshan (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Towards rear, weakened from 7th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Predictive (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec, 15 ran.
Rossbrin (IRE) 28-1 (11-3) Held up, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, 46l behind Moorlands Teri (11-2) at Exeter 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Rozolenn (FR) (10-3) 2nd of 12, 2l behind Ranjobaie (10-7) at Corlay(FR) 1m 3f N H flat gd in Jun.
Sweet Patrick 10-1 (10-9) In touch, lost place after 4f, soon tailed off, 8th of 10, dis behind Pliny (10-7) at Towcester 2m NH flat (5) gs in Dec '08.
Towmater 80-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Gus Macrae (11-1) at Hereford 2m 1f NH mdn hdl (4) sft, 16 ran.