Morning Sunshine won last time out at Cartmel but that is a quirky course and is not always reflective of horses' chances elsewhere. Although he is respected for winning last time out there may be more of a run from Duke Of Malfi who was sent off as joint favourite last time only to find one too good. Woodlark Island could be a threat if taking to the fences but RED BIRR gets the vote after a good win at Huntingdon last time out. He will enjoy the trip and has got the hang of jumping fences now and although he might prefer the ground to be a touch quicker, he gets the call.
Baaher (USA) 11-2 (11-2) Held up in rear in 4th and keen, mistake 8th (water), went 3rd at 11th, outpaced 4th, chased winner approaching 2 out, soon ridden, lost 2nd flat, one pace, 3rd of 4, 16l behind Frontier Dancer (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f nov chs (3) sft in Sep.
Blast The Past 17-2 (10-11) Always behind, 7th of 8, 30l behind Oneway (11-7) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Sep.
Blossom King (FR) 8-1 (11-8) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance approaching 2 out, weakened approaching last, 5th of 7, 21l behind Kirkhammerton (10-10) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jul.
Cool Bob (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, 4th when mistake 2 out, well held by leaders, 4th of 12, 13l behind Crystal Rock (11-7) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Sep.
Red Birr (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, mistake and pecked 2nd, headway 7th, challenged 3 out, led before next, clear flat, easily, won at Huntingdon 2m hcp 0-100 (4) gf in Aug beating Le Brocquy (11-7) by 6l, 6 ran.
Duke of Malfi 7-4fav (10-11) Tracked leaders, outpaced approaching 8th, hit 4 out, headway 3 out, kept on to chase winner last 50 yards, always held, 2nd of 4, 7l behind Carrietau (11-9) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Woodlark Island (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Led to 2nd, tracked leader, led after 4 out, mistake 2 out, ridden and headed last, weakened flat, 4th of 10, 8l behind Space Telescope (11-9) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Jul.
Morning Sunshine (IRE) 3-1 (10-13) Held up in 4th, went 3rd 4 out, challenged after last, ridden to lead bend entering home straight, driven out (no time taken), won at Cartmel 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Aug beating Tranos (11-1) by 1 1/4l, 4 ran.
Pelo Du Bief (FR) 16-1 (10-0) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, lost place 8th, struggling 10th, behind from 4 out, 5th of 6, 37l behind Samurai Way (12-0) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Mar.