Bracken House is likely to make a better chaser than hurdler judged on his victory at Cartmel but has a penalty to overcome in this. Beeves is sure to have been well schooled and has already won a bumper, a point-to-point and twice over hurdles. Book 'Em Danno was a decent hurdler a couple of years ago but might need this, though probably has more scope than the ex-Irish Hunting Tower. SUPERIOR QUALITY was thought good enough to contest the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham in March. He was eventually pulled up but had won earlier over hurdles at Warwick and Musselburgh and looks the type to make a decent chaser - he gets the vote.
Bracken House (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, blundered 1st, 3rd when blundered badly 2 out, saddle soon slipped, led on bend turning for home, ridden clear, won at Cartmel 2m 5f beg chs (4) gd in Aug beating Foundry Square (11-7) by 9l, 6 ran.
Beeves (IRE) 2-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ran in snatches, pushed along before 9th and reminders, weakened 3 out, last of 4, well behind Utopie Des Bordes (10-13) at Perth 3m nov hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Book'em Danno (IRE) 100-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, led approaching 4th, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 16th of 18, well behind Bourne (9-11) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) gs in Feb '12.
Have You Had Yours (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Prominent, mistake 9th (water), lost place before 13th, pulled up after, in a race won by Nicky Tam (10-1) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul, 14 ran.
Hunting Tower 11-4 (10-13) Held up in 5th, tracked leaders 6th, led narrowly before 2 out, ridden flat, kept on until headed and no extra final 50 yards, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Don't Be Late (10-8) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Aug.
Reef Dancer (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Prominent early, held up in touch in rear, headway when jumped left and mistake 7th, pushed along and struggling from 13th, 5th of 6, well behind Faultless Feelings (11-7) at Uttoxeter 3m beg chs (4) gd in Sep.
Superior Quality (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Took keen hold, held up in rear, not fluent 3 out, soon behind, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by At Fishers Cross (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Mar, 13 ran.