NEW YEAR'S EVE is likely to prove a popular choice. He was having his first start since February when runner-up at Stratford earlier this month and John Ferguson's charge can open his account over timber with that run under his belt. A similar case can be made for Golanova, who also finished second on his return to action at Fontwell, but the selection's stablemate Beachfire looks to need a bit more to figure in this. Edmaaj was well beaten in both starts over hurdles early in the year but improvement is expected this season.
Beachfire 4-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway on outside 3 out, ridden in 3rd and beaten 2 out, no extra last, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Plain Sailing (10-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nh nov hdl (3) gf.
Edmaaj (IRE) 11-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway before 3f out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 17, 24l behind Pine Creek (11-5) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Giant Hercules (IRE) 80-1 (10-5) Held up in 5th, reminder 7th, outpaced 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 5th of 6, 40l behind Letsby Avenue (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Golanova 16-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, mistake last, kept on run-in, held last 100 yards, 2nd of 14, 2l behind Breaking Bits (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gf.
Itmakessense 20-1 (10-12) Led, joined after 5th, headed approaching 2 out, soon no chance with front pair, lost moderate 3rd last, 4th of 6, 18l behind Kettlewell (10-11) at Stratford 2m nov hdl (4) gd.
New Year's Eve 4-9fav (10-12) Held up in touch, headway to go 2nd 2 out, ridden and effort between last 2, soon one pace, 3 lengths down and beaten last, eased flat, 2nd of 6, 10l behind Kettlewell (10-11) at Stratford 2m nov hdl (4) gd.
Chankillo 33-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, hit 3rd, ridden and weakened 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 9, well behind Foster's Road (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct.