The ground is a bit of an unknown factor but MISSION COMPLETE looks the one to beat in this finale if getting through it. He's been raised a further 6lb since finishing second at Southwell last month but still has a bit of scope and has the most experienced amateur in the race to do the steering today. Manadam's latest second at Towcester was another decent effort and he shouldn't be far away again, but Sovereign Spirit is struggling for form and Homer Run is very one-paced. Royal Chatelier could figure if reproducing his third at Chepstow, however, but Kavegirl was beaten 18 lengths when second at Wincanton.
Sovereign Spirit (IRE) 66-1 (10-3) Mid-division, weakened before 5 out, 11th of 18, well behind Mauricetheathlete (9-13) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy.
Mission Complete (IRE) 11-8fav (11-4) Held up, headway 7th, went 3rd after 9th, soon ridden, went 2nd 3 out, not fluent 2 out, no impression, one pace, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Derwen Pryde (10-7) at Ludlow 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Medic Man (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Took keen hold, always towards rear, tailed off, 11th of 14, 44l behind Moorland Sunset (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft.
Royal Chatelier (FR) 12-1 (11-4) Led to 2nd, pushed along before 4 out, one pace and no impression from 4 out, 3rd of 17, 15l behind Kateal (11-12) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov.
Kavegirl 14-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 7th, went 3rd 3 out, outpaced soon after, left modest 3rd 2 out, went 2nd last, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 10, 18l behind Water Garden (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 6f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-105) (3yo+) (4) gs.
Manadam (FR) 2-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, led narrowly after 7th, ridden after 4 out, headed after next, kept on same pace, no impression with winner from 2 out, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Valid Point (11-7) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Homer Run (IRE) 9-2 (10-3) Held up in rear, pushed along before 7th, headway to 4th and hit 3 out, went 3rd between last 2, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Southway Star (10-9) at Exeter 2m 3f cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Me Julie 20-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, chased leader until before 3 out, weakened to 4th between last 2, 4th of 9, 12l behind Southway Star (10-9) at Exeter 2m 3f cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
You Can of Course (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Led, clear until before 2nd where jumped right, headed 3 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 7, 21l behind Grand Art (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gd in Jul.
Silsula 7-1 (10-3) Held up in touch, headway before 3 out, challenged soon after, soon ridden, hit 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 34l behind Always Bold (11-12) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.