Plus Jamais represents a yard struggling for winners at this venue but he has the form to be on the scene, while Uhlan Bute, a good second at Ludlow last time, and Raktiman (a revelation in the tongue tie at Catterick) are others to consider.
Some of his performances earlier this season read well in hindsight, especially his eight-length defeat at the hands of subsequent Albert Bartlett winner Unowhatimeanharry at Cheltenham before Christmas. It would be daft to take that form literally, but Fingerontheswitch also beat Ballydine on good ground before the turn of the year and that victim won his next two before demanding the much-vaunted Barters Hill pull out all the stops in January.
There is 6mm of rain forecast overnight which may not play to the gelding’s strengths, however he coped well with easy ground at Cheltenham in December so conditions can hardly be said to be against him.
BABY KING (best price 22-1) has faced some stiff tasks since winning here last November and the better ground should suit. His yard have been among the winners this week.
Apterix, a game winner at Ludlow, is improving with each run over hurdles and his yard traditionally perform well at this fixture.