13:00 - MR PUMBLECHOOK (2) was well held in a listed event at Cheltenham last time, but that represented a much stiffer task than the one he faces here, and he is better judged on the form of his three previous starts over hurdles, including when second behind the useful Kateson at Newbury in November. Indeed, a repeat of that effort would appear to give him sound claims with his sights now lowered, behind only last-time-out Doncaster winner Hold The Note on weight-adjusted ratings, and with the Alan King yard continuing in top form at present, he could offer the best value in a congested betting heat.
13:30 - OUR BUBBA (7) showed plenty of ability when fourth on his hurdling debut at Uttoxeter last month, left behind by the principals on the run to three out, before keeping on well again from the back of the last. That form sets the standard on weight-adjusted ratings here, and with that initial experience sure to bring about plenty of improvement, he is fancied to hold too many guns for some interesting newcomers to this sphere, especially if more forceful tactics are adopted given how strong he was at the finish on his debut (shaped like a stayer).
14:00 - ALL IS GOOD (6) has been given a chance by the handicapper and could be worth chancing in a race where most have a question to answer, in the hope that a recent wind op has done the trick. Last-time-out Taunton scorer Broughtons Rhythm could give him most to do.
14:30 - STAR OF RORY (5) took a big leap forward when runner-up on handicap debut at Warwick last month and there are surely races to be won with him in this sphere. A hood may help Unsafe Conduct settle and he's considered. with Veiled Secret one to monitor in the betting having undergone a breathing operation.
15:05 - GIVE HIM TIME (9) developed in to a fairly useful Flat performer during 2018 and shaped well for a long way over further at Plumpton last month. The drop back in trip rates a plus on that evidence and he could be worth chancing. Roser Moter promises to do better now handicapping, as does Born To Please and that pair rate next best.
15:35 - NOBEL LEADER (5) showed the benefit of his return as he resumed winning ways at Bangor last time, hitting the front on the run to three out and always in control thereafter, keeping on well to win by a length and three quarters. James Evans' charge has a 5 lb rise in the weights to contend with here, but he remains potentially well treated, 3 lb clear of the field on weight-adjusted ratings, and a bold follow-up bid looks on the cards, with the majority of this small field having something to prove at present.
16:10 - SUPAKALANISTIC (1) was better than ever when successful at Ludlow last time and leaves the impression there's further improvement in him over this sort of trip, so he gets the nod to overcome the well-handicapped The Welsh Paddies, who should be fully up to speed fitness wise now. Handicap-debutant Storm Wizard makes most appeal of the remainder.
16:40 - GLOBAL DOMINATION (5) looked better than ever when runner-up over C&D five weeks ago and makes plenty of appeal in this company. Sands Cove and Call Carlo look best of the best.