Irish raider ORGIGLO BAY made a winning start over hurdles at Punchestown and could be useful. He may have too much for Wetherby scorer Rutherglen, who was rated 19lb lower on the Flat. Baradari could be the biggest danger as he looked as though he'd come on for the run at Newbury and was decent on the level in France. Newcomer Mr Vendman is best watched on this occasion and Moaning Butcher will need to find plenty to get involved.
Orgilgo Bay (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) Chased leader in 2nd, slightly hampered 3rd, 4th and slight mistake next, 2nd again when jumped left 5th, challenged and slightly left 3 out, disputed next, ridden in 2nd entering straight, stayed on to challenge again last, led run-in and kept on well, won at Punchestown 2m 3yo mdn hdl gd in Oct beating Clarcam (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Rutherglen 8-11fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, headway before 3 out, led before last, soon pressed, kept on well towards finish, won at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov beating Stephen Hero (10-12) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Baradari (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 6th of 9, 29l behind Calipto (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Moaning Butcher 50-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, blundered 5 out, ridden and lost place from 3 out, soon weakened, last of 6, 24l behind Sleepy Haven (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Mr Vendman (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 3f out, not much room when beaten over 2f out, 5th of 10, 23l behind Atalanta Bay (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Nov (flat).