Russian George hasn't raced since April last year but is good enough if fully primed for his reappearance. Broughtons Bandit has gone close the last twice and should be in the mix once again but this is tougher than the contest Jezza won over 1m6f here three weeks ago. Capellanus won a jumpers bumper at this track in January but was was well beaten back on the Flat last time and a chance is taken on BRUNSTON. He's slipped down the weights of late and this longer trip should be no problem given Anthony Middleton's charge has won a couple of times over hurdles in the past.
Russian George (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) In touch, improved 6f out, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, eased, 7th of 8, 44l behind Secret Tune (9-2) at Doncaster 2m hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Apr.
Brunston 9-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway to 4th 3f out, stayed on to 3rd well inside final furlong, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 5, 2l behind Waving (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb.
Capellanus (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, ridden well over 1f out on outer, never dangerous, 10th of 11, 10l behind Flying Power (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Feb.
Jezza 9-2 (9-12) Slowly away in rear, ridden 4f out, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on to lead near finish, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Feb beating Party Palace (8-13) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Broughtons Bandit 7-4fav (9-5) Held up in mid-division, headway to 4th over 2f out, went 3rd well over 1f out, ridden to chase winner final 135 yards, stayed on towards finish, always held, 2nd of 10, nk behind Rollin 'n Tumblin (8-10) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.