BENEFIQUE carries a penalty for her win in a maiden hurdle at Tramore in April but ran well when second at Downpatrick in August and was taking on better opposition at Gowran last month. Daniel Fogarty's mare could easily be good enough for this. Bennys Well was just touched off in a Towcester bumper in May and could be interesting on his hurdles bow, while Chac Du Cadran has won a point-to-point and makes more appeal than the disappointing Pampelonne and Dar Es Salaam. Bunratty and Freckle Face have place claims on their best form, however, and Milano Supremo won over C&D in May though was well beaten in a handicap company at Southwell in July and hasn't been seen since.
Milano Supremo (IRE) 6-1fav (10-10) Held up in rear, 7th and ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 7th of 12, well behind Pollen Jock (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 5f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gf in Jul.
Benefique (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Well off pace towards rear, some headway before 3 out, soon no extra, 8th of 9, 38l behind Cavite Beta (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hdl gd in Sep.
Bennys Well (IRE) 11-4 (11-2) Led, ridden over 1f out, soon under pressure, headed last 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Monkey Milan (11-2) at Towcester 2m mdn NH flat (6) gf in May.
Bunratty (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Led, raced keenly, headed after 3 out, stayed on well, not pace of winner, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Flinty Bay (11-6) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Chac Du Cadran (FR) 5-4 (11-7) won at Thorpe Lodge 3m ptp gf in Apr, 5 ran.
Dar Es Salaam 4-1fav (11-10) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, never a factor, 8th of 11, 23l behind Endeavor (10-1) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Freckle Face 8-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway approaching 4th, every chance 3 out, 4th and weakening when blundered and rider lost iron briefly 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 11, well behind Whitby Jack (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 4yo hdl (4) gs in Feb.
French Applause (IRE) 66-1 (8-7) Always behind, last of 11, 24l behind Talent Scout (9-7) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug (flat).
Polebrook 100-1 (10-9) Mistakes in mid-division, weakened 5th, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Jolly Roger (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Trojan Gift (USA) 15-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 6f out, weakened 3f out, 5th of 7, well behind All My Heart (8-13) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Aug (flat).
Pampelonne (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 6th, lost place 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 14, 32l behind Dream Function (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Silvers Spirit 25-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division on outer, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 14, 28l behind Bahira (9-13) at Catterick 2m Conditional Mares Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (6) gd in Mar.