Despite looking far from the finished article, HELIOPSIS shaped with a deal of promise on his first start over C&D in October. With that run under his belt, the Beneficial gelding should be a tougher proposition today and gets the vote. Master Conor and Monbeg Dude are both winners in the point-to-point field but, like the mare Kaffie, will probably be seen to better effect when faced with a set of obstacles. Generals Love disappointed on his debut at Towcester but is probably capable of better and preferred to Ffos Las third Miss Hippy of the remainder.
Bally Gunner Needle Gun gelding out of Rich Pickings.
Generals Love (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 5f out, soon lost place, tailed off, 11th of 13, 41l behind Max Laurie (10-11) at Towcester 2m NH flat (5) sft in Nov.
Heliopsis (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Raced wide towards rear, headway on outside over 4f out, stayed on to 3rd over 1f out, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Bear's Affair (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Just Cloudy 40-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, raced keenly, headway over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, soon hung right, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 6l behind Hideaway (11-3) at Towcester 2m mdn NH flat (5) gd in Apr '09.
Master Conor (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Ld & disp, went on last, ko best, won at Largy 3m ire ptp gf in Apr beating Monument Vallee (11-7) by 2 1/2l, 3 ran.
Monbeg Dude (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Mid div, 5th 1/2 way, went 3rd 4out, ld bef last, kow, won at Nenagh 3m ire ptp sft in Jan beating Imperial Policy (12-0) by 2l, 16 ran.
Kaffie (11-0) Led 4-7 & aft 15 til hdd aft 2 out; no ex flat, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Blejan Eyhre (11-7) at Woodford 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Miss Hippy (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) In rear, headway over 4f out, kept on one pace final 3f, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Valley Lad (11-0) at Ffos Las 1m 6f nhf (5) sft in Nov.
Qualitee 25-1 (10-7) Led, driven and headed 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 18l behind Monnow Made (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f N H flat (5) sft in Nov.