Despite a debut win, Credit Swap just doesn't convince that he truly stays 2m and is probably worth taking on here in his first handicap over hurdles. Lingfield winner Shinrock Hill couldn't handle the step up in class and distance at Ffos Las but should do better back in novice company, while James Pollard can improve on his comeback third. But this may be best left to ARRAYAN, who has struck up a good understanding with young Conor O'Farrell and has won his last two starts with the minimum of fuss. Though the handicapper has gone to town on the six-year-old, David Pipe may well have left himself with a little bit more to work with.
Decoy (FR) 25-1 (10-7) Mid-division, struggling 5th, tailed off, 11th of 16, 42l behind Art Professor (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl (2) gs in Jan.
Credit Swap 11-10fav (11-10) Tracked leaders on inside, close up when stumbled on bend approaching 2 out, soon challenged, ridden and one pace when switched right between last 2, rallied flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Harry Hunt (10-4) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Lidar (FR) 16-1 (11-4) In touch, ridden 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 12, 32l behind Frascati Park (10-12) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Arrayan 4-5fav (11-13) Led after 1st, mistake next, drew clear after 2 out, eased flat, won at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan beating Man Of Leisure (11-1) by 11l, 9 ran.
Highway Code (USA) 7-2 (11-12) Mid-division, pushed along and in touch 5th, ridden when mistake 3 out, led approaching 2 out, 1 lenght up when fell last, in a race won by Lively Fling (11-9) at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.
Shinrock Hill (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, every chance approaching 3 out, ridden and lost place before next, 9th of 14, 22l behind Numide (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
James Pollard (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, staedy headway on inside before 4 out, went well held 2nd 2 out until last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 14, 9l behind Pateese (11-4) at Ffos Las 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Up To The Mark 15-2 (11-0) Led 1st until approaching 2 out, weakened flat, 4th of 12, 13l behind Muldoon's Picnic (10-11) at Huntingdon 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct.
First Smash (GER) 9-1 (11-5) Held up, weakened after 5th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Non Dom (11-5) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
Ajman (IRE) 10-3 (10-9) Held up in last, pecked 2nd, headway on inside 3 out, soon slightly outpaced and switched left, closed to go 3rd before last, stayed on, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Spear Thistle (11-12) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.