RANO PANO has had 17 career starts on the Flat and over hurdles and is still awaiting a first victory. But Brian Ellison's charge drops into this grade for the first time and if he's ever going to a win a race it will be today. Bajan Hero has gone backwards since winning at Newton Abbot in August and has a penalty to carry while all of Reckless Romeo's runs so far have been on a much softer surface. Neither Linton Hill nor newcomer The Young Master make much appeal, however, so Ferdy Murphy's Irish import may be the danger to the selection.
Bajan Hero 20-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, lost place before 6th, ridden and struggling next, 7th of 9, 35l behind Juno The Muffinman (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Sep.
Linton Hill (IRE) 200-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, led, wandered into 1st and again when headed next, prominent, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, last of 9, 50l behind Haymarket (10-9) at Ludlow 2m 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd.
Reckless Romeo (IRE) 16-1 (10-2) Pecked 1st, mid-division, driven 4th, pugged on from 2 out, never able to challenge, 5th of 10, 22l behind Red Tyke (11-5) at Kelso 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs.
The Young Master 66-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 15l behind Rise To Glory (9-8) at Kempton 7f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Apr (flat).
Rano Pano (USA) 25-1 (10-5) Prominent, not fluent 6th, ridden approaching 3 out, soon beaten, 6th of 9, 23l behind Haymarket (10-9) at Ludlow 2m 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd.