NEW YEAR'S EVE's only victory over hurdles so far came in a match but he's generally taken on better company than this and should be good enough to defy his penalty. Those looking for a bit of value may want to consider Anton Chigurh, whose only two victories on the Flat came on heavy ground. He probably has a bit more scope than the likes of Ultra Klass and Bally Braes - the latter looks to be crying out for a longer trip. Generous Ransom has hinted at ability in a couple of starts on soft ground and could reward each-way support.
New Year's Eve 7-2fav (10-9) Held up towards rear and keen, never dangerous, 8th of 14, 33l behind Strongpoint (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) sft.
Anton Chigurh 15-2 (8-10) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 12, 5l behind Hi There (8-10) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Oct (flat).
Bally Braes (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) In rear, pushed along before 5 out, soon weakened, tailed off 3 out, 4th of 7, 50l behind Wadswick Court (11-12) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Generous Ransom (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along and progress to chase leaders approaching 3 out, 5th and one pace after 2 out, 5th of 14, 23l behind Brother Brian (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Kingscombe (USA) 100-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, not fluent 1st, behind from 5th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by No Such Number (10-11) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Dec, 14 ran.
Scuderia (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Pressed leader until lost place before 3 out, pulled up after, in a race won by Mountain Tunes (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov, 11 ran.
Trafords Hero 33-1 (10-13) Chased leader, led from 4th, ridden and headed 4 out, soon no extra and weakened, 12th of 18, well behind Wontbelongnow (10-11) at Killarney 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in May.
Ultra Klass (FR) 66-1 (10-12) Held up in touch in mid-division, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 10, 33l behind Garrahalish (10-12) at Towcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec.