In a devilishly open Novice Handicap Hurdle we take a chance on MINDER whose run when beating Triumph Hurdle runner-up Barizan last July a distance looks promising form while Wester Ross and Ovthenight have chances. Although that run to beat Barizan was a while ago now it still reads as decent form for the pick. He should be fit after a spin on the level, is unexposed in this sphere and looks well weighted. Wester Ross found just the one too good when three pounds better off last time and should do better for the quicker ground. Ovthenight looks to have each way claims under his current burden on ground he likes while Rebel Dancer looks to have a chance for a yard very much in form. It's a tough end but Minder looks worth risking.
Wester Ross (IRE) 5-2fav (11-5) Held up in touch, mistake 5th, switched right approaching 2 out, soon chasing winner, mistake last, no impression flat, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Monetary Fund (10-4) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Consulate (IRE) 200-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, driven and lost place 4 out, soon behind, 14th of 17, well behind Peddlers Cross (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Ovthenight (IRE) 28-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 17l behind Catch Bob (10-13) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Nov.
Mumbles Pier (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Led, headed 3 out, weakened home straight, 5th of 6, 28l behind Cool Friend (10-9) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Tiger Dream 33-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, effort 2 out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 17, 22l behind Nice One Eric (11-0) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Shut The Bar 4-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 39l behind Ballabrook (10-5) at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Dec.
I'm In The Pink (FR) 13-2 (10-12) Held up in touch, chased leaders in 4th approaching and blundered 3 out, soon outpaced, 4th of 16, 18l behind Raquel White (10-5) at Ludlow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Cresswell Pride 20-1 (10-12) Tracked winner throughout, ridden and no impression from 2 out, 2nd of 12, 10l behind Black Jack Blues (11-8) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Minder 10-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, headway after 4th, chased winner 6th, driven 3 out, stayed on flat, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Fongoli (10-2) at Stratford 2m 3yo nov hdl (3) gd in Jul.
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 28-1 (11-8) Mid-division, hit 5th, headway next, ridden approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 14l behind Super Kenny (10-12) at Stratford 2m 4yo nov hdl (3) gf in Mar.
Rebel Dancer (FR) 5-2fav (11-6) Raced keenly, in touch, went 2nd at 4th, led next, ridden and headed 2 out, no extra, 4th of 11, 9l behind Tiger O'toole (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Mar.
Up To The Mark 14-1 (10-0) Led, took keen hold, not fluent 6th, ridden and headed when blundered last, no extra flat, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Miss Ladybird (10-5) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Commit To Memory 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 7th, about 8th and no impression when fell 2 out, in a race won by Requin (11-5) at Stratford 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar, 12 ran.
Midnite Blews (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Mid-division, under pressure 3 out, soon beaten, 8th of 12, well behind Waterloo Corner (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Crazy Bold (GER) 5-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway to track leaders approaching 5th, went 2nd after 4 out, quickly weakened, last of 7, well behind Just Rob (11-3) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft.
Marino Prince (FR) 5-1 (11-0) Held up behind, headway when blundered and dropped rear 5th, headway under pressure after 3 out, went 5th next, never able to challenge, 5th of 11, 20l behind Alfloramoor (11-4) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Mar.