The booking of Jamie Spencer for Hail Tiberius is interesting but his mount hasn't shown a great deal over hurdles this winter and this may be too sharp for him. Ahlawy came back to form in a C&D claimer two weeks ago, while Faithful Ruler is a reliable sort at this level and can be forgiven his run over a shorter trip on the Fibresand last week. Marvo is usually thereabouts but RED SOMERSET should have his measure at the weights and probably need only reproduce the form of last month's second at Lingfield to score here.
Ahlawy (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Chased leader, led over 2f out, 2nd and well held last half furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Violent Velocity (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol.
Faithful Ruler (USA) 14-1 (8-11) Slowly away in rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 6l behind Imprimis Tagula (8-12) at Southwell 7f sell stks (6) fbs.
Escardo (GER) 22-1 (8-10) Towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden and chance over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 11l behind Shouda (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp (6) gf in May.
Hail Tiberius 11-1 (9-2) Dwelt in rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 10l behind Fossgate (8-1) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Marvo 5-2 (8-6) Tracked leader early, prominent, headway on inner to chase winner over 1f out, ridden and kept on one pace inside final furlong, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Twinkled (8-6) at Lingfield 1m sell stks (6) pol.
Ossie Ardiles (IRE) 5-1 (10-5) Close 5th on outside, effort to 2nd inside final 3f, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong kept on, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Stamp Duty (10-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f am hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Red Somerset (USA) 7-1 (8-4) Keen tracked leader, ridden to lead 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Munsarim (9-5) at Lingfield 1m clm stks (6) pol in Jan.