Jasperito, winner of a handicap hurdle at Perth in the spring, is likely to be all the rage here as he is out of a Strong Gale mare and should appreciate the switch to fences. But PAPAMOA wasn't disgraced on his first start over the larger obstacles here last month, despite finding the 2m1f trip too sharp. This will be much more to his liking and he gets the nod. Ifandbutwhy has been placed in three of his five starts over fences but unseated his rider in a handicap over 2m5f here last month, though is still preferred to the returning Borderhopper and Over And Above.
Borderhopper 10-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 8th, never dangerous, tailed off before 3 out, 8th of 11, well behind Monty's Moon (10-7) at Southwell 3m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr '11.
Ifandbutwhy (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Held up in touch, unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Tipsy Dara (10-10) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Oct, 6 ran.
Jasperito 20-1 (10-6) Always prominent, not fluent 4th, led 6th, headed when not fluent 3 out, led again before next, ridden out, won at Perth 3m am hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Apr beating Dundock (10-5) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Over And Above (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Led until 2nd, led 3rd, headed after 8th, led again next, headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Bollin Fiona (11-0) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jun, 8 ran.
Papamoa 40-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 6th of 10, 16l behind No Planning (11-3) at Hexham 2m nov chs (4) hvy in Oct.