Despite a quick turnaround FAVERSHAM gets the vote to make it back to back wins with Sexy Rexy and Top Ram also in the mix. The selection claimed his first victory over hurdles a week ago at Bangor in a contest very similar to this. On that day he found the soft going exactly to his liking and with that expected again here then he has to be fancied. Racing off the same mark that he ran off when taking that race last week the only concern is the quick reappearance with the race maybe coming too soon. Sexy Rexy is proving a little problematic since taking second place in a novice hurdle over two years ago. He seems full of mistakes and has plenty to do on his handicap debut. Officially rated at 99 and with the yard in good form any improvement in jumping could get him a share of the prize pot. Top Ram had an ok pipe opener last time but looked to be at best a modest hurdler. A couple of decent performances at Chepstow last year shows he might have a race like this in him and on that form need to be considered. Lord Lieutenant is of interest on last season's efforts and will love the cut in the ground. It would be tough for the five-year-old to land it on his seasonal reappearance but not out of the question. However with the runs in him already Faversham has the vote.
Mars Rock (FR) 16-1 (11-5) Chased leaders until weakened after 4 out, well behind when fell at the last in race won by The Hairy Lemon (11-12) at Newbury 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs, 9 ran.
Mega Steps (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Behind, outpaced when fell 2 out in race won by Castletown Boy (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in May, 8 ran.
Sexy Rexy (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) In touch, not fluent 2nd, pecked 4th, reminder after 5th, ridden approaching 7th, weakened after 3 out, 5th of 15, 26l behind Tisfreetdream (10-11) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Top Ram (IRE) 15-2 (11-9) Held up mid-division, ridden approaching 7th, weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 13, 16l behind Apollo Creed (11-6) at Southwell 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May.
Merry Music (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Always behind, 14th of 21, well behind Wun Chai (10-10) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs in Feb.
Porta Vogie (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Held up, steady headway from 2 out, took 3rd flat, never troubled leaders, 3rd of 12, 14l behind Rapid Increase (11-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Speedy Directa (GER) 7-1 (11-7) Held up, effort 5th, ridden after next, weakened quickly approaching 2 out, 4th of 5, well behind Maximix (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar.
Faversham 10-3 (11-8) Chased leaders, led 2 out, stayed on well, won at Bangor 2m 1f cnd hcp hdl 0-100 (4) hvy beating Bewery Man (11-4) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Theseainttoys (IRE) 250-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 5th, weakened after 3 out, 10th of 16, 32l behind Bakbenscher (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Tudor Buck (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Led after 1st, hit 6th, headed after 4 out, weakened quickly and pulled up 2 out in race won by Acosta (11-5) at Hereford 3m 2f hcp hdl (5) sft, 13 ran.
Quay Meadow (IRE) 18-1 (10-6) Towards rear, mistake 1st, soon mid-division, headway on outer after 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 11, 18l behind Naomh Aaron (11-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jul '07.
Crossguard (USA) 33-1 (10-8) Led, hung right towards stables after 1st and headed, behind after 4th, 13th of 14, well behind Majaales (11-8) at Chepstow 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.
Lord Lieutenant (FR) 16-1 (10-0) Led and hit 3rd, ridden when hung left and headed after 4 out, left 3rd and badly hampered 2 out, not recover, 9th of 17, 26l behind Pearly Star (10-11) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Prophete de Guye (FR) 33-1 (10-4) Soon led, headed 4 out, soon weakened, 4th of 12, 11l behind Star Tenor (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Eastern Dagger 25-1 (10-11) Always behind, 14th of 17, well behind Jigsaw Dancer (11-7) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Dec.
All Sonsilver (FR) 11-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, tailed off approaching 8th, 7th of 9, well behind Ours (12-1) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-90 (5) gs.