Modest on Flat (stays 7f). Would be a shock winner on hurdle debut.
Promising second in a bumper at Ayr in April 2019 but off 18 months after and no short-term promise in a couple of comeback runs over hurdles in recent weeks.
Fairly useful but temperamental on Flat (stays 10.5f). Has the ability to make presence felt in race like this now hurdling.
From the family of useful hurdler Forecast but he's a regressive maiden on the Flat and offered little starting out over hurdles at Taunton 11 days ago.
Well held in bumpers and novice hurdles.
Useful on Flat (stays 1½m) for Clive Cox. 16/1, held back by inexperience when third of 11 on Hereford hurdle debut 21 days ago. Likely to progress.
£105,000 buy after winning sole start in Irish points in May 2019. 11/2, weakened into a remote sixth in Exeter novice hurdle on Rules debut but should be capable of better.
Fairly useful on Flat (stays 1¾m). Shaped as if retaining ability on return from 14-month absence in September (final start for Andrew Balding) and interesting recruit to hurdles.
Winning start under Rules in Newton Abbot bumper in September and shaped well when second on 2m Musselburgh hurdle debut 19 days ago. Open to improvement and very much the one to beat here.
In good hands but well held in 2 bumpers ahead of this switch to hurdles.
Fairly useful Flat winner. Pleasing start over hurdles when third over 18.5f at Newton Abbot in September. Well held back on Flat since but may do better in this sphere over this bare 2m. Had wind op.
Temperamental but modest maiden on Flat (stays 1½m), creditable fourth last time. Stiff task on hurdles bow.
Tailed off in bumpers in 2019 and achieved nothing when distant seventh on Hereford hurdle debut 3 weeks ago.
100/1, pulled up in Hereford novice hurdle on debut for Christian Williams a year ago. Off since.
Disappointing on the Flat and no encouragement in 2 runs over hurdles this autumn.
In the process of producing an improved effort when departing 3 out on handicap debut at Hereford (heavy) in March, but pulled up there 7 months later, and hard to make a case for.
Long Stay (1/3), Lissitzky (7/1), Finoah (10/1), Kakamora (11/1), Just The Man (14/1), Chess Player (16/1), Sufi (33/1), Winged Isle (50/1), Thunderoad (80/1), Shybairnsgetnowt (80/1), Timeforadance (150/1), Bbob Alula (150/1), Valentine's Turf (250/1), White Turf (250/1), Joint Account (250/1), Imhotep (250/1)
This looks to represent a good opportunity for LONG STAY to build on an encouraging hurdle debut second at Musselburgh at the beginning of the month. Just The Man should be all the wiser with his hurdle debut behind him and has solid place claims, while Flat-recruits Lissitzky and Finoah have the potential to make an impact in a race like this.