Mark Tompkins doesn't run many over hurdles and there are possibilities about My Guardian Angel, who won over 1m2f on the Flat at Doncaster in June. RIGHT TO RULE is much less exposed, however, and his Newcastle maiden success worked out really well as did earlier runs over 1m4f at Haydock and Salisbury. He could be a smart recruit to hurdling and can make a winning start under Jason Maguire. Kealshore Again's second at Sedgefield looks the best form on offer of those with experience over timber though Flat winners Alborz, Cool Hand Luke and Rapid Heat Lad are all expected to improve for their debuts.
Alborz (IRE) 11-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, mistake 4th, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 8, 31l behind Ctappers (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Cool Hand Luke (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Prominent, took keen hold, not fluent 2nd, ridden 6th, weakening when pecked last, 4th of 8, 18l behind Hilali (11-5) at Stratford 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Aug.
Kealshore Again (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, challenged 2 out, led before last, soon ridden, headed towards finish, kept on, 2nd of 12, nk behind Indepub (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (5) gf in Sep.
My Guardian Angel 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leading pair, pushed along 4f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 31l behind Sammy Alexander (9-13) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug (flat).
Rapid Heat Lad (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Prominent, mistake 6th, ridden 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 8, 17l behind Halogen (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Right To Rule (IRE) 10-11fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on well, won at Newcastle 1m 2f mdn stks (5) sft in Jun beating Headline News (8-7) by 3/4l, 8 ran (flat).
Khatella (IRE) 100-1 (8-9) Last pair, well behind in last and struggling over 3f out, tailed off, last of 7, 44l behind Ed De Gas (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Feb (flat).