It was fast ground when DORMOUSE won this last year but he also has a C&D victory to his credit on heavy going and is 3lb lower this time around. Anabel Murphy's seven-year-old is fancied to go in again. Castletown Bridge had Bathwick Brave behind when third to Saturday's Ascot winner Ivor's King over an extra half-mile at Wincanton and can figure while Wom was unlucky not to win a Fakenham seller last month, though seems to reserve his best for that track. Spoil Me, Lilac Belle and Lindsay's Dream may need this while Kings Troop just hasn't taken to hurdles with any enthusiasm. Aegean Destiny, fit from the Flat, could be best of the rest therefore.
Crescent Beach (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, took keen hold, effort 2 out, never dangerous, 6th of 11, 27l behind Marino Prince (10-11) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Apr.
Bathwick Brave (IRE) 11-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, weakened before 2 out, 8th of 10, well behind Ivor's King (10-10) at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Nicene Creed 33-1 (11-7) Behind, struggling 5th, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Wings Of Smoke (11-7) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct, 14 ran.
Dormouse 9-1 (11-8) Mid-division, pushed along 3 out, soon no impression, 7th of 11, 10l behind Changing The Guard (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Aug.
Castletown Bridge (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, went 4th after 2 out, left 3rd from last, one pace, 3rd of 10, 15l behind Ivor's King (10-10) at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Spoil Me (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway after 3rd, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 9th of 13, 27l behind Dreambrook Lady (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Lilac Belle 8-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, chased leader 6th, led 2 out, clear approaching last, comfortable, won at Fakenham 2m sell hdl (5) sft in May beating Goodwood Starlight (11-8) by 25l, 7 ran.
Aegean Destiny 10-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3rd until after 6th, hanging left after 2 out (normal 3 out), weakened approaching last, 10th of 13, 17l behind Trip The Light (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Lindsay's Dream 8-1 (11-2) Held up in rear on outside, effort approaching 3 out, soon beaten, 7th of 13, 32l behind Dirty Bertie (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Jun.
Freddy's Star (IRE) 66-1 (10-10) Mid-division on inside, ridden and lost place after 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Wings Of Smoke (11-7) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Ponte Di Rosa 25-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, lost place halfway, weakened 3 out, 5th of 7, 25l behind Fashionable Gal (10-12) at Stratford 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gs in Oct.
Dynamic Idol (USA) 10-3fav (10-12) Chased leader, led 3rd, mistake and headed 3 out, weakened soon after, 6th of 11, 19l behind Cinevator (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Wom 5-1 (11-6) Held up in last trio, headway on outside before 6th, led after 3 out, ridden and edged right before last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, hd behind Tower (10-7) at Fakenham 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
Kings Troop 2-1fav (11-9) Towards rear, pushed along after 3rd, weakened from 5th, 8th of 10, 41l behind Share Option (11-2) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Crazy Bold (GER) 14-1 (10-5) Mid-division, pushed along 4th, headway when not fluent 6th, no impression before 3 out, 9th of 15, 28l behind Shabak Hom (10-8) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.