MAJOR MILLER, Valhalla Vision and Mizen Raven form our short-list in a fiercely competitive finale. Nicky Henderson has made such a good start to the season that the lightly raced Major Miller is almost a default selection when faced with such a difficult puzzle. The son of Opera Ghost proved that he retains his ability after an absence of over two years with a decent run at Bangor and he's taken to step up on that now handicapping. Valhalla Vision may be able to provide a rare winner over hurdles for Richard Hughes and it's interesting that the jockey deems him worth riding here. He steps into handicap company for the first time and should be better suited by these conditions than those he encountered last time. Pickamus may fare better with Richard Johnson taking over from an inexperienced conditional whilst General Ledger has possibilities if building on his second to Gray Mountain when last in action. Quaddick Lake and Tom Knows should be monitored for support and could well step up on recent efforts but we'll play it safe and stick with Major Miller.
Valhalla Vision (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Led, strongly pressed 3 out, headed 2 out, soon no extra, 5th of 9, 12l behind Sigma Lifestyle (11-10) at Naas 3m nov hdl sft in Oct.
Mizen Raven (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) In touch, headway 6th, weakened after next, 6th of 10, 11l behind King's Head (11-2) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Sept.
Manadam (FR) 12-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, mistake 3 out, soon driven and no extra, 7th of 11, 33l behind Malko De Beaumont (10-6) at Carlisle 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy.
Fresh Air And Fun (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Held up, headway approaching 3 out, driven and no extra from 2 out, 6th of 15, 12l behind Warsaw Pact (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf.
Pickamus (FR) 33-1 (10-10) Led after 1st, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, blundered last, 7th of 15, 45l behind Aux Le Bahnn (11-8) at Sandown 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs.
Quaddick Lake (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, weakened 3 out, 8th of 10, 49l behind Keki Buku (10-12) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Of Course (FR) 7-2 (10-8) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened quickly from last, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Supreme Builder (11-1) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hdl (4) hvy in Apr.
Inchloch 9-1 (11-8) Mistake 3 out, always towards rear, 13th of 17, 43l behind Exmoor Ranger (11-1) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Feb.
Major Miller 9-1 (10-12) Held up, headway 6th, ridden and disputing 2nd approaching 2 out until no extra towards finish, 3rd of 13, 5l behind What A Buzz (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
General Ledger (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leader, led 4 out, hung left between last 2, ridden and headed flat, kept on until no extra towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Gray Mountain (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf in May.
Tom Knows (IRE) 17-2 (11-0) Held up, always towards rear, 10th of 16, 31l behind Hunters Ploy (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Ormus 14-1 (10-6) Held up, headway 3 out, stayed on one pace from 2 out, 3rd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Warsaw Pact (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf.
Alfloramoor 9-2 (10-9) Chased leader, led approaching 5th, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 14, 48l behind Our Choice (10-12) at Southwell 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Petrus De Sormain (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, kept on well under pressure, not reached winner, 2nd of 15, 2l behind Don't Be Bleu (10-10) at Huntingdon 3m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in May.
General Potter 3-1fav (10-13) Mid-division, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 6th of 9, 31l behind Oleolat (10-9) at Kelso 2m 2f cnd hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
High Stand Lad 12-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, weakened after 3 out, 8th of 10, 23l behind Solway Minstrel (10-10) at Haydock 3m 1f cnd hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
Glenary (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3rd, hit 7th, soon lost place, last of 16, well behind Aimigayle (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.