Mister Dillon failed to figure on his reappearance over timber at Cheltenham but won a bumper and a couple of hurdle races last term. He has obvious claims in this but a chance is taken on COUSIN KHEE. Hughie Morrison's charge ran better than his 11 length defeat at Aintree last month would suggest as he only faded close home and he should be spot on today. Featherintheattic ended last season with a double over hurdles and should go well on his return along with Nether Stream and Cold Knight.
Cold Knight 11-2 (10-13) Held up, headway on inside 6th, led after 2 out, driven flat, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind On The Bridge (11-12) at Hereford 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Cousin Khee 14-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway and in touch on outside 4 out, challenged next, kept on and every chance until not quicken after last, no chance with winner when lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 14, 11l behind Cape Express (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Oct.
Featherintheattic (IRE) 6-4fav (11-6) Tracked leading pair, hit 1st, not fluent next, closed going well before 3 out, led soon after 3 out, ridden and in command 2 out, went left and not fluent last, ridden out (no time taken), won at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Koultas King (11-0) by 5l, 4 ran.
Glenwood Present (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Always in rear, behind 7th, pulled up after, in a race won by Le Bec (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 12 ran.
Laveroque (FR) 25-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, slow 5th, weakened 7th, behind and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Ivor's King (10-13) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov, 16 ran.
Mister Dillon 8-1 (10-6) Held up in mid-division, headway after 5th, not fluent next, ridden before 3 out, weakened 2 out, 9th of 23, 38l behind Bondage (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Nether Stream (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Settled in rear but in touch, headway before 3 out, chasing leader when mistake 2 out, ran on to lead closing stages, all out, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f sell (5) gf in Aug beating Stage Acclaim (10-10) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Ubaldo Des Menhies (FR) 9-2 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 4th, ridden after 3 out, lost place before 2 out, 7th of 12, 20l behind Pendra (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Accordingtoeileen (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 6th, not fluent 8th, no extra last, 10th of 17, 23l behind Beside The Fire (11-9) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.