Indigo Rock was last on his chasing debut at Newcastle but should be capable of much better given his background. Abbey Storm, another winning pointer, improved on a poor run at Worcester to finish second at Aintree but was still beaten 10 lengths. SETTLEDOUTOFCOURT was denied a hat-trick when only third at Wetherby but that still wasn't a bad run given he's gone up 17lb in the weights since October. He can recapture the winning thread as Milano Magic has proved difficult to win with.
Abbey Storm (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Led, mistake 3rd, headed 8th, led again next, headed 2 out, no impression on winner before last, 2nd of 6, 10l behind Samingarry (10-2) at Aintree 3m 1f (3) gd in Oct.
Indigo Rock (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, joined leader 5th, led before 6th, headed 11th, ridden before 3 out, lost 2nd before last, lost 3rd place near finish, last of 4, 17l behind Yesyoucan (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Nov.
Settledoutofcourt (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Led, headed last, ridden and no extra run-in, lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Basford Ben (10-7) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs.
Milano Magic (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, mistake and unseated rider 8th, in a race won by Sharney Sike (10-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd, 9 ran.