Favourite Midtech Valentine bolted up last week but the time was modest and it could be that he was just found an awful race.
Sirabad goes back over fences after a modest hurdles effort at Ascot and could be dangerous along with Purple ‘N Gold who underwent a recent pipe opener on the flat.
Smooth Stepper is another to consider given he faced an impossible task at Newcastle when beaten by Seeyouatmidnight.
TOWNSHEND, who sports the headgear for the first time, is clearly very much of interest as well given his Fairyhouse form has worked out well. He is worth a saver granted the form of his yard this week.
The Philip Hobbs-duo Rolling Dylan and BRAAVOS catch the eye too, while Champagne At Tara is a threat after a decent run behind Agrapart at Newbury in the Betfair Hurdle.
Braavos looks extremely well handicapped on a mark of 120 even if he was raised 7lb for a workmanlike Exeter win last time. He was previously swept aside by Agrapart at Aintree but subsequent events tell us he faced a hopeless last that day.
It may be significant Standing Ovation missed a date with the Cheltenham festival in reference for a tilt at this race as he ran at the last two renewals and the yard’s runners have acquitted themselves brilliantly in handicap chases this week.
A five-month absence from the track could also be by design as the nine-year-old will have missed all of the deep winter ground and, as a son of Presenting, the prospect of a sounder surface should be welcome. Fitness is rarely an issue with a Pipe runner and, although the extended four-mile trip is a step into the unknown, it is a chance worth taking given the morning price about his chance.
The likeable Milansbar has looked a candidate for a race of this nature for some time and is very much respected, but SIZING COAL represents a yard which won this event with Goonyella and he enjoyed a spin over hurdles to preserve his chase rating last time so could be worth a saver.