Three times a winner over timber, HINTERLAND is a cut above today's rivals. He should be able to transfer his superiority to this surface and is hard to oppose. Capellanus looks next best on his hurdling form and is preferred to Street Dance but Call It On went close over 2m on the Flat at this track last month and looks a bigger threat. Blazing Desert finished fourth in an amateurs race here on the level last time and could figure on that form.
Blazing Desert 100-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, bad mistake when last 10th, tailed off next, very remote 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Carrigmorna King (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 4f beg chs (4) sft in Nov, 9 ran.
Call It On (IRE) 11-1 (10-9) Led to 5 out, ridden before next, one pace from 3 out, 4th of 11, 12l behind Civil Unrest (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd in Nov.
Capellanus (IRE) 17-2 (11-9) Held up in touch, not fluent and reminders 3rd, closed after 5th, weakened before 2 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Brick Red (11-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft, 7 ran.
Hinterland (FR) 4-1 (10-11) Chased winner, not fluent 4 out, shaken up and well held before 3 out, 2nd of 5, 35l behind Simonsig (11-8) at Kempton 2m nov chs Grade 2 (1) hvy in Dec.
Knockdolian (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, driven and weakened before 7th, plugged on again from 2 out, 6th of 9, 11l behind Lough Coi (10-7) at Lingfield 2m mdn chs (5) hvy.
Street Dance (IRE) 40-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, no chance when blundered 3 out, 9th of 12, 33l behind Brick Red (11-5) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft.
The Last Bridge 200-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, behind 6th, pulled up before 9th, in a race won by Carrigmorna King (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 4f beg chs (4) sft in Nov, 9 ran.
William Hogarth 14-1 (10-5) With leader, reminder to lead after 1st, slowed up into next and headed, led 3rd until 5th, weakened approaching 9th, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Saticon (11-5) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Zepnove (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Mid-division, jumped left 4th, not fluent and lost place 7th, mistake 8th, jumped left 9th, rallied 13th, weakened next, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Dushy Valley (9-13) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.