MILLE CHIEF, Dark Oasis and Bocamix are the three to concentrate on here and the vote goes to Mille Chief. The selection looked a useful sort on the level in France and he has to be shortlist material on his British debut. He is sure to have been well-schooled for his bow over hurdles and with the yard in good form he gets the nod. Dark Oasis has won his last two races, most recently at Ludlow when he beat Bedarra Boy. He looks useful at this level but he was far from convincing last time and the juice in the ground is not sure to play to his strengths. Bocamix shaped with plenty of promise on his British debut at Newcastle last month when he chased home Monsieur Jourdain. He has ground conditions to suit and he should go well. The Howard Johnson-trained Warrior One scored on soft ground on the flat and he is one to note in the market on his debut over timber. However, Mille Chief makes most appeal and gets the vote.
Dark Oasis 11-4fav (10-12) Made all, clear approaching 10th, hit next, ridden when hit last, edged right flat, driven out, won at Ludlow 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Bedarra Boy (10-12) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Bocamix (FR) 7-1 (10-7) Mid-division, chased leaders 2nd, mistake 4th, not fluent next, headway to chase leaders after 4 out, kept on from 2 out, 3rd of 15, 5l behind Monsieur Jourdain (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Comprimario (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Always in rear, pushed along halfway, lost touch final 4f, tailed off, 6th of 7, 43l behind Clowance House (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo mdn (5) gf in May (flat).
Heredias (GER) 8-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, jumped slowly 5th and 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, 4th of 13, 27l behind Dark Oasis (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
King's Counsel (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden after 4 out, soon outpaced, 10th of 15, 22l behind Monsieur Jourdain (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Lakeman (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, not fluent 2nd, jumped right 4th, chased winner briefly approaching 3 out where hit, not much room before last where blundered and weakened, 6th of 10, 18l behind Zepnove (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Mille Chief (FR) (9-2) won at Marseille-borely(FR) 1m 1f stk gs in Feb beating Riviera Paradise (8-11) by 4l, 6 ran (flat).
Nayessence 11-1 (8-11) Led, headed over 8f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 16l behind Park's Prodigy (8-12) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct (flat).
Reel Bluff 66-1 (8-9) Chased leader, lost place 3f out, last of 9, 41l behind Traphalgar (9-6) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (5) gf in Oct (flat).
Richo 18-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 18l behind Trumpstoo (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gf in Oct.
Sergeant Pink (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, weakened after 2f out, 6th of 13, 15l behind No Rules (9-6) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct (flat).
Warrior One 6-1 (9-4) In touch, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 16l behind Thin Red Line (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun (flat).
Bahamian Ceilidh 40-1 (8-6) Led after 1f, headed 4f out, weakened 3f out, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Kyle Of Bute (8-11) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo sll (6) gf in Oct (flat).
Gold Maha 200-1 (10-7) Jumped badly right and fell 1st, in a race won by True Britannia (10-12) at Hereford 2m 1f juv fll nov hdl (3yo) (4) gf in Sep, 11 ran.
Whispering Spirit (IRE) 6-1 (8-0) Prominent, raced alone far side, held on gamely final furlong, won at Catterick 7f 3yo clm (6) sft in Sep beating Ask Dan (8-11) by nk, 12 ran (flat).