It's interesting that AP McCoy has apparently chosen Great Reason, who hasn't raced since finishing third at Leicester almost a year ago, ahead of the four-year-old Mush Mir. The latter has won three times over hurdles since the summer and gets 6lb from his elders. But we still prefer JETNOVA, who is improving with experience over the larger obstacles and may have a little more scope than stablemate Flaming Charlie. The others have a fair bit to find if they are to get involved at the business end.
Elite Beneficial (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) 6th of 12, 20l behind My Go Now (12-0) at Whitwick Manor 3m ptp gs in Feb.
Flaming Charlie (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Chased leadrs, mistake 9th, blundered and almost unseated rider 12th, behind and mistake 14th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Old Wigmore (11-0) at Exeter 3m Novice Handicap Chase (0-135) (4yo+) (3) gs in Nov, 7 ran.
Great Reason 9-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 5 out, 4 lengths down when blundered 3 out, no chance with winner from next, lost 2nd flat, burst blood vessel, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Hidden Keel (11-0) at Leicester 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Jan.
Jetnova (IRE) 5-2 (11-2) With leader, led 8th to next, tracked leader, not fluent 11th, challenged approaching 4 out, outpaced when hit next and 2 out, no chance with winner before last, held on for 2nd flat, 2nd of 4, 15l behind Golden Chieftain (11-2) at Uttoxeter 3m beg chs (5) gs in Nov.
Kauto Relko (FR) 20-1 (10-9) Mid-division, stumbled after 1st, mistakes 4th and 6th, hit 9th, 12 lengths 7th when brough down 11th, in a race won by Mister Hyde (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov chs (4) sft, 11 ran.
Tobeluckyenough 18-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, some headway approaching 11th, hampered when behind 11th, pulled up before last, in a race won by Mister Hyde (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov chs (4) sft, 11 ran.
Mush Mir (IRE) 2-1fav (11-6) Led, mistake and headed 5th, chased winner until ridden before 2 out, mistake 2 out and weakened, 3rd of 6, 26l behind Valid Reason (10-12) at Ascot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) gd in Nov.