Successful hurdler who progressed well over fences last season, winning at Taunton and Sandown. Bumped into a pair of better-treated types at Musselburgh on final start (strong form). Front runner.
Useful hurdler in 2018. Seen only once last season but getting the hang of things over fences this term, off the mark in good style in novice at Hexham last month. Respected switched to a handicap.
Bumper/hurdles winner who arrives at the top of his game having won 2 of his last 3 starts over fences. Further progress required in this more competitive scenario but that's entirely possible.
Lightly raced since last win at Ascot almost 2 years ago and big step back in the right direction when second at Exeter on comeback. Potentially well treated.
Useful hurdler in 2018/19 but not so good last season and didn't take to fences both starts last month.
Confirmed promise of return when landing 7-runner Southwell handicap (15.8f) in August and not disgraced when third at Perth (20f) since. This test should suit and cheekpieces back on.
Hurdles winner who was runner-up 3 times in 5 runs over fences at up to 20f last season. Improved to go one better at Warwick on return last month though that race rather fell apart.
Darling Maltaix (6/4), Locker Room Talk (9/2), Mr Medic (5/1), Solar Impulse (11/2), Leapaway (8/1), Jaboticaba (10/1), Cap Du Nord (16/1), Generous Day (16/1), Crooks Peak (33/1)
LOCKER ROOM TALK was beaten only by a couple of progressive subsequent winners when going for the hat-trick at Musselburgh on his final start last season and remains of interest. This does look competitive, though, with in-form pair Leapaway and Darling Maltaix heading the dangers.