JOKER CHOKER has shown gradual improvement in bumpers with his latest third in soft ground at Lingfield his best effort yet. He's sure to know his job on his hurdling debut and can make the most of the weight concession he gets from Arthurian Legend. The latter had an off day when sent off favourite at Exeter last time and is better judged on his earlier win at Chepstow. Nosecond Chance left his previous form behind when soring at Fakenham three weeks ago but it remains to be seen if he can repeat that form under a penalty, though better is expected from Ramses De Marcigny and E Street Boy.
Arthurian Legend 5-4fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, 6th and no impression when went left next, never on terms, 6th of 14, 29l behind The Reformer (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Dec.
Nosecond Chance (IRE) 4-1fav (11-2) Mid-division, headway after 4 out, led 2 out, hit last, stayed on well, won at Fakenham 2m mdn hdl (5) gs beating All For Free (11-2) by 4l, 11 ran.
Behindcloseddoors (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway 4th, not fluent 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 13, 31l behind Spirit Son (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft.
Cap Elorn (FR) 10-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, pushed along before 3 out, weakened before next, 7th of 16, 38l behind Golden Chieftain (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
E Street Boy 28-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, never in contention, tailed off, 10th of 14, 34l behind Iolith (11-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Furrows 8-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway over 5f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 21l behind Kawa (11-2) at Ludlow 2m mdn NH flat (5) gs in Nov.
Hawkaller 100-1 (11-0) Led, mistake 5th, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 14, 13l behind Iolith (11-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Honest 50-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up well in rear, some headway after 6th, weakened before next, 16th of 18, well behind Lindeman (10-8) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar '09.
Joker Choker (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway 4f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final 2f, 3rd of 11, 12l behind Daymar Bay (10-8) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (5) sft in Nov.
Otis Tarda (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) In touch, went 2nd over 6f out until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 30l behind Laveroque (10-11) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Ramses De Marcigny (FR) 15-8fav (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders over 5f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 8, 16l behind Lundy Sky (11-3) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Mar.
Russian Conquest 50-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, ridden and lost place over 6f out, weakened over 4f out, 6th of 10, 35l behind Hayjack (11-5) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft.
Steptoe 8-1 (11-0) Led, clear 3rd until after 3 out, headed when hit 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 32l behind Twentynineblack (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f NH mdn hdl (4) gd in May.
Tenby Jewel (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Led until over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 11, well behind Arbeo (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) hvy.
Wosayu 50-1 (10-9) Close up, weakened over 4f out, 12th of 14, well behind Glitzy D'ocala (11-5) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) gs.
Calico Rose 33-1 (10-10) Mid-division on outside, not fluent 2nd, struggling from 6th, 12th of 18, well behind Silver Gypsy (11-2) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Calusa Catrina (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Took keen hold, behind, ridden along 4th, never a factor, 9th of 16, 32l behind Bermuda Boy (11-0) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Direct Flo (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Not jump well throughout, in rear, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 6, well behind First Fandango (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Nov.