Tenor Nivernais rather lost his way over hurdles last season and didn't do much better over fences on his reappearance at Haydock. He's probably best watched until showing signs of a revival while a similar comment applies to Pere Blanc following a long absence. MALT MASTER was sent to Punchestown for a valuable novice hurdle in April and only found one too good. His pedigree suggests the switch to fences will suit and Nicky Henderson's five-year-old can score at the first time of asking though Granville Island should be monitored for future reference and One In A Milan should also have a future over the larger obstacles.
Accessallareas (IRE) 100-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, jumped right 8th, soon weakened, tailed off, 4th of 6, 30l behind Lets Get Serious (11-1) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (4) sft in Nov.
Granville Island (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Led, hit 4th, ridden and joined 2 out, headed and hit last, kept on, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Marchand D'argent (10-8) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in May.
Malt Master (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden after 2 out and went 2nd before last, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Oscara Dara (11-12) at Punchestown 2m nov hdl hvy in Apr.
One In A Milan (IRE) 11-2fav (11-12) Prominent, no impression in 3rd approaching 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 23, 17l behind Sorted (10-1) at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-116 in Apr.
Pere Blanc (IRE) 7-2fav (11-8) Settled in mid-division, headway after 4 out, soon tracking leaders, led 2 out, hard driven, stayed on gamely, won at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar '11 beating Ostland (10-8) by 4l, 12 ran.
Tenor Nivernais (FR) 10-1 (11-1) Prominent, led 3rd until 6th, remained prominent, mistake 10th, dropped to rear 14th, weakened next, last of 6, well behind Poungach (11-1) at Haydock 2m 6f nov chs (2) sft in Nov.