KAHFRE gets the vote in the opener just ahead of Whipperway. Although Gary Moore's entry carries top weight due to the conditions, the trip looks ideal and at least he completed his round in a much tougher Listed race at Wetherby in which Whipperway was a faller. The selection has raced two other times over the jumps; winning at Plumpton and just losing out at Huntingdon. He is narrowly picked in preference to Sheena West's option who won at Fontwell prior to coming down last time out. It would probably take a pair of rose-tinted spectacles to see beyond these two but Jonjo O'Neill has a knack for getting the winners and Miss Miracle has put in two solid enough runs over the timber to throw her in to contention if the others fail to perform.
Kahfre 40-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, mistake 4th soon lost place, 9th of 13, 40l behind Maoi Chinn Tire (10-12) at Wetherby 2m Listed hdl 3yo (1) gd in Oct.
On The Right Path 80-1 (10-5) Took keen hold in mid division, pushed along and struggling 5th, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 14, well behind Zakeeta (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f juv hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Whipperway (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Close up, led 3rd, headed 4th, hit 4 out, weakened approaching 3 out, in 8th and well held when fell 2 out, in a race won by Maoi Chinn Tire (10-12) at Wetherby 2m Listed hdl 3yo (1) gd in Oct, 13 ran.
Miss Miracle 7-1 (10-2) Mid-division, jumped slowly 3rd, stayed on approaching 2 out, went 3rd flat, never dangerous, 3rd of 11, 37l behind Palawi (10-12) at Haydock 2m juv hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Pepite Rose (FR) 7-2 (10-1) Prominent, ridden 3 out, weakened approaching next, 7th of 15, 50l behind L'accordioniste (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m mares mdn hdl (5) hvy in Oct.
Rumballina 150-1 (10-1) Towards rear, struggling after 6th, 8th of 15, well behind L'accordioniste (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m mares mdn hdl (5) hvy in Oct.