Point-to-point winner, RACING PULSE, made a winning racecourse debut in a bumper at Naas last month. He's since joined John Quinn and is taken to continue winning ways on his hurdling bow. Kilgefin Star failed to cope with a penalty at Kelso last time having won at the same track before that and the same comment applies to Hexham winner Revocation, well beaten in a couple of subsequent starts. Sir Mangan posted a better effort when runner-up at Wetherby last time and Straidnahanna can also get involved if improving on his recent fourth at Haydock. Mr Syntax has been placed over fences and could prove best of the rest.
Kilgefin Star (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Led, ridden and headed before last, weakened run-in, 3rd of 14, 10l behind The Last Samuri (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Revocation 14-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 5 out, chased leaders approaching last, never on terms, 5th of 13, 12l behind Cyrien Star (10-2) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Classic Rally (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Mid-division on outside, headway to join leader after 6f, led briefly 5f out, hung left under pressure 2f out, stayed on to press for 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Doyly Carte (9-12) at Catterick 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Jan '12.
Mr Syntax (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Towards rear, some headway 9th, no impression before 2 out, 7th of 14, well behind The Last Samuri (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Print Shiraz (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Towards rear, reminders halfway, soon weakened, pulled up, in a race won by The Last Samuri (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov, 14 ran.
Racing Pulse (IRE) 7-2fav (11-10) Chased clear leaders in 3rd, closer halfway and led 7f out, travelled well early straight and asserted 2f out, drew clear final furlong, easily, won at Naas 2m 3f N H flat in Oct beating Flags Pass (12-0) by 14l, 14 ran.
Sgt Bull Berry 25-1 (10-13) Led and set very slow pace, headed over 3f out, ridden and lost 2nd place over 1f out, soon weakened and lost 3rd place towards finish, 4th of 5, 10l behind Bennachie (11-0) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jul.
Sir Mangan (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Close up, went 2nd before 4 out, ridden and every chance from 3 out, kept on from 2 out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Blakemount (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Straidnahanna (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) In touch, chased leaders 4 out, hard driven next, weakened before last, 4th of 9, 14l behind Spirit Of Shankly (11-4) at Haydock 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) sft in Nov.
Thatildee (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, tailed off over 4f out, 7th of 14, 17l behind Chidswell (11-2) at Newcastle 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Nov.
Thorlak (FR) 16-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 9, 25l behind Franciscan (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.