MAGGIO won this last year and may have been primed for another crack as his two victories have come on the track. He ran well for a long way at Hexham on Friday and should be spot on. Bright Abbey is a real threat having scored at Sedgefield on Tuesday though this looks tougher. Our Joey won two bumpers and ploughed through the mud to land a novice hurdler here in January so if the ground turned soft he would have to be considered. Indigo Gold also ran at Hexham on Friday where he wasn't beaten far in a novice event won by Billfromthebar.
Bright Abbey 6-4fav (11-5) Tracked leading pair, pushed along 7th, went 2nd before 2 out, soon ridden, rallied and every chance when not fluent last, stayed on to lead final 50 yards, won at Sedgefield 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gf beating Cloudy Joker (10-12) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Maggio (FR) 4-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway before 11th, mistake 4 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 6, 16l behind Scotch Warrior (10-5) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Sep.
Indigo Rock (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Held up in touch, closed after 5th, challenged 9th, led after 3 out, stayed on, won at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun beating Soweheard (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.
Our Joey (IRE) 11-2 (11-1) Held up in 5t, headway to chase leader 4th, led 6th, pushed along before 3 out, headed before dropped to 3rd and blundered last, kept on same pace flat, closed on eased down 2nd near line, no chance with winner, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Annacotty (11-5) at Haydock 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Be Wise (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) In rear, mistake and lost touch 3rd, ridden and well behind 8th, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Mr Satco (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Full Jack (FR) 7-1 (10-7) 11th of 15, 31l behind Pibrac (10-5) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 6f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Jun.
Kitnkaboodle (IRE) 66-1 (9-12) In rear, not fluent 2nd, jumped big and slow 3rd, well behind after 5th, pulled up after, in a race won by Mysteree (10-12) at Perth 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep, 8 ran.