Milano Magic is a real dour stayer who won a point-to-point in Ireland last year and has produced one or two decent effort in heavy ground over hurdles, though this trip looks on the short side. SUPRISE VENDOR has won four times over hurdles, won't mind the ground and the trip should prove ideal so he's handed the vote to make a winning reappearance. Neither of Ferdy Murphy's pair have shown much though Brandon Thomas should improve over fences while Highrate's best effort over timber came on very testing ground and he's bred for chasing.
Brandon Thomas (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, hampered and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by San Telm (11-9) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct, 13 ran.
Highrate (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Mid-division in touch, headway 5th, effort 2 out, one pace approaching last, 5th of 9, 11l behind Acordingtoscript (9-13) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Milano Magic (IRE) 9-4fav (10-2) In touch, mistake 6th, ridden after 4 out, kept on same pace, no impression from next, 4th of 8, 17l behind South Leinster (10-8) at Kelso 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
No Way Hozay 8-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway and in touch 4 out, chased leading pair before next, soon lost place, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 11, well behind Oh Right (9-10) at Cartmel 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Rocking And Reelin 16-1 (10-5) Held up in rear but in touch, under pressure when mistake 4 out, soon beaten, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by About Thyne (10-12) at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct, 5 ran.
Suprise Vendor (IRE) 18-1 (11-12) Always behind, 8th of 10, 40l behind Inoogoo (11-1) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in May.
Woodys Brother (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, lost place 4th, reminder after 6th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Daasij (11-7) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft, 9 ran.