A slight mistake at the last may have cost Elzahann victory at Musselburgh on her first start over fences. She looks sure to make her presence felt here, but decent hurdler The Knoxs fell on his chasing debut and the jury is out on him for the present. COOL MISSION looked in need of the run on his recent return to action over hurdles but has won three of his six starts over timber. If he can translate his best form to these larger obstacles, then Donald McCain's charge could prove the one to beat.
Cool Mission (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Led, mistake 8th, headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 17l behind Harouet (10-6) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
Golfer's Crossing (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, weakened after last, 6th of 8, 27l behind Club Class (10-5) at Hexham 3m 1f nov chs (3) hvy in Nov.
Rossini's Dancer 10-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, lost place 13th, chased leaders under pressure 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace approaching last, 6th of 9, 12l behind Isla Pearl Fisher (10-12) at Kelso 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Steady Tiger (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Held up in touch, headway when not fluent 4 out, effort on outside next, outpaced 2 out, no impression when left 4th last, 4th of 6, 26l behind Zemsky (11-3) at Perth 3m nov hdl (2) gd in Apr '09.
The Knoxs (IRE) 8-15fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, fell 5th, in a race won by Lord Larsson (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f beg chs (4) gs in Nov, 5 ran.
Elzahann (IRE) 3-1 (10-9) Led, not fluent 2 out, not fluent and pecked last, soon headed, ridden and kept on towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind New Shuil (10-9) at Musselburgh 3m nov chs (4) gd in Nov.