This is an interesting little contest with Twill Stand To Us reverting to hurdles having been placed three times over fences. Clondaw Hero is better than he showed at Southwell while Knockturnal should improve now facing a jumping test. Masterleaderman has been placed in point-to-points but DESGREY has shown more than enough to suggest he can win a maiden hurdle and deserves a change of luck after another second at Carlisle. Mo Rouge needs to step up what he's shown so far.
Clondaw Hero (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Prominent, led before 2nd, headed approaching 9th, weakened next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Vinnie The Fish (11-0) at Southwell 3m mdn hdl (5) gd in Sep, 9 ran.
Desgrey 9-2 (10-12) In touch, headway to chase winner 3 out, kept on under pressure, never able to challenge, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Drop Out Joe (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Masterleaderman (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Alw pr, 3rd bef 2out, rdn & rallied to ld with better jump last, hdd close home, 2nd of 10, hd behind King Helissio (11-7) at Maralin 3m ire ptp hvy in Oct '12.
Mo Rouge (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) In rear, blundered 4 out, never dangerous, 5th of 11, 43l behind Kilgefin Star (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Twill Stand To Us (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) In rear, mistake 8th (water), headway before 5 out, went 3rd before and mistake 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 10, 18l behind Strobe (10-13) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Sep.
Knockturnal (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Slight lead until headed 4f out, lost 2nd over 2f out, soon no extra in 4th, 4th of 7, 7l behind Lagan Canal (11-1) at Perth 2m NH flat (6) gf in Jun.