There wasn't much between MILANO SUPREMO and Sagredo over hurdles and both make their debuts over the larger obstacles here. The latter isn't entirely straightforward and has a Flat pedigree whereas Chris Grant's charge is from the same family as smart chaser Massini's Maguire and gets the vote on account of that fact and his record at the track over timber. Stonethrower has won twice over hurdles and can't be ignored but pointer Zipit is best watched on his first start under Rules.
Milano Supremo (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, pushed along and weakened before 8th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Gordonsville (11-11) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Dec, 12 ran.
Sagredo (USA) 8-1 (11-8) Held up, closer order 6th, went 3rd after 3 out until 2 out, went left soon after and weakened, 6th of 8, 25l behind Grandads Horse (11-5) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in Oct.
Stonethrower (IRE) 11-8fav (11-3) Took keen hold, led and jumped right, hanging right from 3rd, headed 5th, no chance with winner after 2 out, 2nd of 4, 20l behind Sara's Smile (11-3) at Cartmel 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Aug.
The Real Tom Eoin 150-1 (11-0) Towards rear, effort before 12th, never dangerous, 8th of 11, well behind Fill The Power (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f beg chase (4) gd.
Zipit (IRE) 7-4 (12-0) Led til hdd 15; wknd 2 out, 3rd of 11, 11l behind Just Gizmo (12-0) at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp gd.