Sublime Talent has his sights lowered after contesting a Grade 2 at Cheltenham last month. Evan Williams' gelding had dead-heated at Ludlow earlier and will make a bold bid to recapture the winning thread here but COTTON MILL arguably has more scope. Despite running green, he came right away from 11 rivals over this trip at Hereford on his hurdling debut and the promising Jack Quinlan again reduces his burden by 5lb. The others look to be playing for places, though Maison Brillet hinted at ability on his debut over timber at Kelso last season.
Sublime Talent (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up in last pair, lost touch 3 out, 8th of 9, 35l behind Steps To Freedom (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Nov.
Cotton Mill 7-2 (10-7) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway after 5th, challenged 2 out, soon led, clear last, easily, won at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov beating Sainglend (10-12) by 6l, 12 ran.
Indian River (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, mistakes 5th and 6th, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 7, 45l behind Sharadiyn (10-12) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Maison Brillet (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, well behind Maoi Chinn Tire (10-12) at Wetherby 2m Listed hdl 3yo (1) gd in Oct '10.
Revani 150-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 7th of 11, 19l behind Broadbackbob (11-0) at Ascot 2m hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Roving Lad (IRE) Vinnie Roe gelding out of Pellerossa.
Miss Whippy 25-1 (8-10) Led, headed over 5f out, chased winner until over 4f out, soon lost place, beaten and flashed tail well over 1f out, last of 13, 23l behind Shalambar (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Nov (flat).