Khazium was beaten more than three lengths by JUNO THE MUFFINMAN at Plumpton but is 7lb better off here, However, Brendan Powell's charge had had the benefit of a previous run over hurdles that day and we expect the top weight to confirm the form and double his tally here. Michael Bell doesn't have many runners over jumps so Operation Tracer warrants respect as he went close a couple of times on the Flat over the summer. Bountiful Catch may prove best of the other newcomers and is preferred unless Feb Thirtyfirst makes a swift reappearance under a penalty after getting off the mark at Fontwell on Friday.
Juno The Muffinman (IRE) 2-1fav (10-12) Took keen hold in touch, slow and slightly lost place 5th, rallied on inside approaching 3 out, went 2nd after 3 out, led approaching 2 out, stayed on well from last, won at Plumpton 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Sep beating Khazium (10-9) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Bountiful Catch 11-1 (9-3) Chased leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 11l behind Colbyor (9-0) at Nottingham 6f 3yo mdn aut (5) sft in May (flat).
Feb Thirtyfirst 8-1 (10-9) Badly hampered 1st, prominent, every chance 2 out, stayed on, held by winner, 2nd of 12, 3l behind King's Wharf (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Khazium (IRE) 11-4 (10-9) Chased leaders, led 3 pout, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace from last, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Juno The Muffinman (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Sep.
Operation Tracer 3-1fav (9-5) In rear, plenty to do 2f out, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 12, 6l behind Bramshill Lass (9-4) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Sep (flat).
Outback (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, pushed along after 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 10, 23l behind Grand Gold (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (2) gd in Sep.
Scarborough Rock 100-1 (9-3) Led, headed over 3f out, soon pushed along, weakened entering final furlong, 6th of 12, 12l behind Mean It (9-3) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gs in Jul (flat).
There's No Rules 16-1 (8-9) Steadied start, took keen hold and held up in rear, headway over 1f out, plugged on final furlong, 5th of 12, 8l behind Smart Affair (8-9) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs (flat).
Venetian View (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Always in rear, outpaced over 3f out, 7th of 8, 12l behind Debating Society (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Sep (flat).
Castalian Spring (IRE) 66-1 (7-10) Tracked leaders, lost place 4f out, soon behind, 8th of 11, 18l behind Attraction Ticket (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug (flat).
Sleepy Lucy 33-1 (8-1) Held up in mid-division, headway 3f out, soon ridden, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 7l behind Olney Lass (9-4) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Sep (flat).