MCMURROUGH looks the bet here and he is taken to prevail at the main expense of Night Orbit and King O'The Gypsies. The selection has twice gone close this season and he certainly deserves to get his head in front. This longer trip will certainly suit and he is a confident choice. Night Orbit went close on the flat last month at Nottingham and that run should have blown away a few cob-webs. He has finished in the first two on all four of his starts over hurdles and he has to be respected. King O'The Gypsies was a fair sort on the flat and he is certainly worth noting in the market on his debut over hurdles. Frosty Lad looks potentially a nice type but his trainer believes he may be sharper for this outing and he is probably best watched today. An interesting race and the vote goes to McMurrough.
Night Orbit 6-1 (11-5) Led, not fluent 3rd, headed 7th, led after next, ridden and headed 3 out, one pace flat, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Gonebeyondrecall (10-12) at Aintree 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Blue Jet (USA) 12-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, in touch when slipped on bend over 2f out, soon raced stand side, no impression, 6th of 10, 18l behind Jackday (9-8) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Oct (flat).
Chapolimoss (FR) 40-1 (10-11) Mid-division, outpaced over 4f out, soon beaten, 10th of 17, 27l behind Solway Sam (11-2) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (4) gd in Oct.
Frosty Lad (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Rr, 10th 1/2 way, went 5th 5out, 7th 4out, prog to 3rd from 3out, ld next, kow, won at Templemore 3m ire ptp gd in Apr beating Another Flutter (12-0) by 5l, 11 ran.
Harellie (IRE) 5-4fav (11-3) Held up, weakened approaching 3f out, last of 5, well behind Elsafeer (10-8) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Khun John (IRE) Evensfav (10-13) Held up, headway to go prominent 5th, weakened approaching last, 4th of 8, 22l behind Petrosian (11-0) at Ludlow 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (4) gd in Apr.
King O'The Gypsies (IRE) 15-2 (8-8) Tracked leader, effort over 3f out, soon behind, last of 7, well behind Dansili Dancer (9-3) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in May (flat).
Manitoba 7-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, outpaced over 4f out, headway under pressure 3f out, chased leader 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon hung right, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Corky Dancer (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
McMurrough (IRE) 4-5fav (10-12) Led, jumped right 3rd, headed flat, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Skylancer (11-5) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Orkney (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) With leader, led after 4f, headed 3f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, last of 7, 10l behind Trip The Light (9-10) at Haydock 1m 4f app hcp (5) gd in Aug (flat).
Raduis Bleu (FR) (10-10) 98th of 7, well behind Riding Princess (10-10) at Le Lion D'angers(FR) 2m 4f chs in Jul.
Rock Wren 7-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, ridden 6th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 9, 26l behind Gansey (11-9) at Fakenham 2m 4f nov hdl (3) gd in Feb '08.
Switched Off 22-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, weakened towards 3 out, 6th of 13, 29l behind Sonowyouno (11-0) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
The Giant Bolster 20-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, led well over 2f out, soon ridden, drifted left over 1f out, headed near finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Moscow Chieftain (10-11) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Mar.
Wednesdays Boy (IRE) 200-1 (11-4) Towards rear, driven and some headway when hampered 3 out, never near leaders, 7th of 16, 42l behind Steady Tiger (11-4) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Carmela Maria 7-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders and keen, headway when not fluent 6th, weakened 3 out, 4th of 5, 15l behind Malakai (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.