Cap Du Mathan showed fair form over hurdles in France and has shaped with promise on all three of his subsequent outings in Britain since joining Paul Nicholls’s yard. He was too keen up in trip when third to Harry Senior – who subsequently won on at Cheltenham on Trails Day on Saturday – at Chepstow last month, but he remains with potential and can take advantage of a drop back in trip to get off the mark.
Wenceslaus has been in top form this season and showed a good attitude to make it two wins from three starts over fences at Leicester last month. He has won twice in his last two starts at Plumpton and, with improvement expected, he looks sure to put up another bold showing and enhance his good record at this venue.
Young Lieutenant got off the mark at the second time of asking in bumpers when a comfortable winner at Exeter last January and made a bright start to his hurdles career when just unable to match the pace of a Flat-bred winner at Newbury in November. He has run a little below form on his two subsequent outings but looks ready for this step up in trip and is taken to open his account over hurdles.
The Wicket Chicken put up a couple of good efforts in staying handicap hurdles in the mud last month and is now back down to her last winning mark. She has the promising conditional Philip Donovan taking a handy 6 lb off her back and there is a lot to like about her chances in this contest.
Bill And Barn showed his first sign of life for Seamus Mullins’s yard when runner-up at Chepstow earlier this month, keeping on well but just edged out by an even stronger finisher late on. He is clearly down to a good mark now if he can hold it together and should go close again here if able to build on his latest run.
Legal Ok shaped well, not for the first time, when fourth over fences at Worcester in August, going like the best horse at the weights until his stamina ran dry over a much longer trip. He is dropped back down in trip here and returned to the smaller obstacles, both of which look wise moves, so he is taken to belatedly get off the mark for a trainer/jockey/owner combination who are no strangers to success at Plumpton.