There remains an air of unfinished business with Mr Mcgo, who won twice over hurdles in 2016/17 but missed the next season. However, he shaped well on a few occasions over fences in what proved to be a stop-start campaign last year, suggesting that he retains enough ability to be competitive off this sort of mark. He could be worth chancing on his return.
Alsa Mix failed to make an impact in the Challow Hurdle or Albert Bartlett, but she had previously won a Grade 2 at Sandown and looks an exciting recruit to chasing for the Alan King team. Her Grade 2 success was achieved on heavy ground, so she should relish these conditions, while the drop back in trip is unlikely to be a problem. She is preferred to Agusta Gold, who improved on her two previous efforts over fences when scoring at Thurles.
Commodore jumped superbly when winning both starts over fences last season and is clearly much more effective as a chaser than hurdler. He makes his return with the stable in excellent form, he bolted up on his reappearance last season and he is expected to put his excellent jumping to good use and complete the hat-trick.
Winning pointer Dino Boy found only one too good in a bumper at Aintree in May and shaped as if he would be better for the run when finishing an encouraging fourth at Wetherby on his first start over hurdles. He is expected to build on that promising introduction and should be well suited by this step up in trip. Springfield Fox won all three starts in points and is the obvious danger on his Rules debut.
Chti Balko was below form when fifth at Ffos Las on his reappearance, but should strip fitter for that outing and is hard to ignore on his current mark. He went close on a few occasions last term off much higher marks and has a good chance here on the pick of his form. The Wolf made a winning start for the Olly Murphy yard at Fakenham last month and is worth considering on his handicap debut.
Navajo Pass rates as a good prospect for juvenile hurdles having quickly reached a fairly useful level on the Flat. He has good form on testing ground, looked a strong stayer on the Flat and is likely to take a bit of stopping on his jumps debut for Donald McCain. Politicise is another interesting hurdling debutant and can give the selection the most to do.
Heartbreak Kid makes plenty of appeal on paper after running out a very easy winner on his sole start in Irish points on testing ground. This looks a good opportunity for him to get off the mark under Rules. Wbee was suited by the emphasis being placed on stamina when showing improved form to win a Stratford bumper last time. He can chase Heartbreak Kid home.
12:45 Mr Mcgo (3/1)
13:15 Alsa Mix (11/10)
13:50 Commodore (2/1)
14:25 Dino Boy (6/4)
14:55 Chti Balko (5/2)
15:30 Navajo Pass (8/13)
16:00 Heartbreak Kid (4/7)
* All odds correct at time of posting.