ORIGINAL PRANKSTER wouldn't have beaten Pere Blanc at Kempton earlier this month had he stayed on his feet but would probably have finished second. The winner trotted up under a penalty at Sandown a week later and Nigel Twiston-Davies' unexposed novice looks the one to beat here. Chicklemix was third at Wetherby on her hurdles bow and may not have stayed the longer trip at Fakenham subsequently. She could make the frame again here while Azione won over C&D back in 2008 and was beaten less than two lengths over 2m5f at Uttoxeter on her most recent start. Dormouse disappointed at Market Rasen after scoring at Leicester, however, and may now be too high in the weights.
Dormouse 9-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, led 3rd, headed 3 out, weakened 2 out, 10th of 12, 40l behind Quite The Man (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jan.
James Pollard (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, weakened 3 out, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 18l behind Highway Code (11-3) at Taunton 2m 1f Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gd.
Original Prankster (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway 7th, chased leading trio after 3 out, staying on and challenging for well held 2nd when fell 2 out, in a race won by Pere Blanc (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs, 18 ran.
Chicklemix 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, under pressure 4 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 12, well behind Camden (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Like Ice 20-1 (11-5) Held up 5th and last, headway to challenge 3 out, soon led, hard pressed last, ridden flat, kept on until headed and no extra towards finish, 3rd of 5, 3/4l behind Wheres Johnny (11-11) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) hvy in Jan.
Mossmann Gorge 25-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, not fluent 3td, headway after 6th, lost place 8th, well beaten after 3 out, 7th of 10, 39l behind Rebel Swing (10-3) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Aug.
Saute 100-1 (10-9) Raced wide, close up until lost place 6th, soon struggling in last pair, tailed off from 8th, 8th of 12, well behind Carpincho (11-12) at Folkestone 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Reg's Ruby 33-1 (11-5) Prominent, led after 4th, headed 3 out, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 10, 23l behind Decent Lord (10-0) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Watch Out 66-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, held up and behind, some headway before 4 out, never in contention, tailed off, 8th of 15, 37l behind Sherwani Wolf (11-12) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
First Spirit 66-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders and keen, lost place from 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 14, 27l behind Bear's Affair (11-4) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Firedog (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Tracked leader until 4th, weakened after 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Red Not Blue (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May, 11 ran.
Nous Voila (FR) 9-2 (11-10) Close up, ridden and weakened after 6th, 5th of 9, 22l behind Brilliant (9-12) at Fakenham 2m sell hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs.
Monsieur (FR) 6-1 (11-3) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, not fluent 3 out, weakened approaching next, 4th of 10, 25l behind Decent Lord (10-0) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Azione 13-2 (10-5) Led, not fluent 6th, headed approaching 2 out, soon led again, headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Inkberrow Rose (10-1) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Jan.
Gainsborough's Art (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Towards rear, headway 5th, lost place before next, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Kopylova (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.