BRAVE SPARTACUS can edge this if suffering no ill-effects from his fall at Sedgefield. He was clear of the field on that occasion before tumbling at the last fence and can add to his earlier C&D victory with a clear round. Ormus won at Hexham when last seen on the track last June but Classical Mist has the more recent form with a victory over track and trip last month and she makes more appeal. Alpha One only just failed to follow-up his Sedgefield win when finding Monarch's Way too good at Musselburgh recently and is preferred to Tommysteel who landed a couple of hunter chases back in May.
Montoya's Son (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway 5 out, weakened before 4 out, 11th of 14, well behind Isla Pearl Fisher (10-12) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Dec.
Alpha One (IRE) 4-1 (11-8) Tracked leader, effort 4 out, led narrowly 2 out, headed narrowly last, ridden and every chance flat, kept on, just held, 2nd of 4, nk behind Monarch's Way (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Tommysteel (IRE) 11-10fav (11-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 9th, led next, ridden before 2 out, soon pressed, stayed on well from last, won at Perth 2m 4f nov hts chs (6) gd in May beating Some Lad (11-12) by 12l, 5 ran.
Classical Mist 15-2 (10-7) Mid-division, headway 10th, chased leaders next, led 3 out, soon challenged, stayed on well closing stages, won at Catterick 2m 3f beg chs (4) gs in Dec beating Wilde Pastures (11-0) by 6l, 9 ran.
Brave Spartacus (IRE) Evensfav (11-7) Led and set fast pace, soon clear, 12 lengths up when fell last, in a race won by Tutchec (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Dec, 10 ran.
Ormus 7-2 (10-1) Held up, closed 6th, went 2nd after last, led 2f out, ridden clear 1f out, stayed on, won at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jun beating Endeavor (9-7) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.