HAULANI won twice on the Flat and is rated 76 in that sphere, so an opening perch of 110 appears workable for his first handicap outing over timber. His Kempton second in December represented a step up on his penultimate effort at Catterick so he appears the one to side with. C&D winner Alizee De Janeiro is considered the principal threat, though a big run from Morning With Ivan, who arrives on a four-timer, is also anticipated.
ATTENTION PLEASE followed up his easy Doncaster success with a gritty victory at Catterick latest. While he remains in such good heart, he may be able to overcome a 6lb rise to complete a hat-trick. Smiling Jessica is only 3lb higher than when scoring over track and trip from Misfits earlier in the month and there could be little between the pair here on the revised terms. Havana Jack and More Madness are others competitively weighted at present.
SIMONE was touched off by under a length in a C&D maiden hurdle last time and has leading claims on that performance. Northern Beau, an ex Flat performer, has recently won twice between the flags and is interesting now debuting for a new stable, while dual bumper winner Tokaramore should be all the wiser for the experience gained at Newcastle in November and could also take closer order.
JE SUIS CHARLIE was touched off by under a length over track and trip last time out but now switching to handicap company and fitted with first-time cheekpieces, John Quinn's four-year-old is given the vote. Treshnish makes some appeal on his Newcastle victory on his penultimate outing and could feasibly take a hand, while any money for Mr Kite, who has been absent since scoring over C&D in March, would be notable.
SWING HARD jumped well when third on his belated reappearance at Haydock last month and this fairly-handicapped veteran looks poised to go well here now dropped in class. Conditions will suit the 10-year-old and he can land this at the expense of Tomorrow's Legend, who looks well treated on the best of his efforts but has a career record of 1-16. Irish raider Rancher Lass did it well over 3m here last time but could do with better ground.
Recent course and distance winners Jump For Dough and Fraser Canyon look poised to be popular in the betting, with the former of particular interest now that the penny has dropped for him over hurdles. He looks to be on the up and rates as the chief threat to APACHEE PRINCE. The bottom weight is better than what he showed here on New Year's Day when unseating Kieron Edgar, had previously looked progressive and should cope with conditions.
It usually takes a nice horse to defy a penalty in such contests, but there was much to like about I'M TO BLAME's Catterick success back in November and he looks to have been found a nice opening here by Keith Dalgleish. A 30,000-pound brother to Showem Silver, he was well backed last time and duly obliged, doing his job professionally on the day. Star Of Lanka did it well in a junior bumper at Newcastle last time and is bred to be useful in this sphere, while Forewarning is also considered with his weight-for-age allowance taken into account.
HAULANI's runner-up effort at Kempton isn't easy form to assess, but his opening mark is surely too low, and that's before factoring in his 4-y-o allowance, so he has to rate a strong fancy. Alizee de Janeiro and Morning With Ivan can fight it out for minor honours.
ATTENTION PLEASE arrives at the top of his game after back-to-back handicap victories and may be up to defying the handicapper once more. He gets the nod in a tricky-looking contest. Smiling Jessica and Misfits fought out the finish over C&D earlier this month and should both be involved again.
SIMONE impressed with her attitude (going down fighting) when narrowly beaten over C&D last time, and she is very much the one to beat on that evidence. Dual bumper winner Tokaramore is a likely improver, while Autumn Surprise and Northern Beau are others to consider.
An interesting race for the grade. JE SUIS CHARLIE failed to land short odds over C&D last time, but he still showed improvement and there should be bags more to come from him making the switch to handicaps judged on his useful Flat ability. Treshnish is another who should thrive in a well-run handicap, while Asum remains lightly raced and may do better still.
TOMORROW'S LEGEND stepped up considerably on his comeback run when runner-up at Catterick last month and remains on a handy mark if able to build on that. Swing Hard should be sharper for his return and is next best ahead of Rancher Lass, who was much improved to win a weak event here last time.
JUMP FOR DOUGH posted much his best effort for Lucinda Russell when scoring over C&D earlier this month and remains relatively unexposed as a staying hurdler. He is taken to follow up. Fraser Canyon was also successful here last time and looks the obvious danger.
I'M TO BLAME looked a useful prospect when making a winning debut at Catterick and is taken to defy a penalty. Forewarning can place again with Newcastle-winner Star of Lanka best of the others.