PEARL OF THE WEST is a fascinating newcomer to hurdles. She beat Mr Adjudicator at the Galway Festival on the flat last summer, that horse winning a Grade 1 over hurdles this season. It is of course unrealistic to use that as a pound for pound guide, but she has the potential to be better than these. Awake At Midnight has lacked the pace in the finish at this trip so far but he has the ability to be a big threat. Shalakar and Pastoral Music may fight out third.