French Seventyfive scored by less than a length at Southwell in August but should be thereabouts again off only a 3lb higher mark. However, after going close on his previous two starts, HOWIZEE pushed a much higher rated hurdler all the way to line in a novice event at Hexham on his latest outing and is potentially well treated on his handicap debut. He gets the vote ahead of Arisea, who should figure off her current mark and Perth winner Ocarito, who is 13lb higher today. Nisaal finished closer last time, but Zoenicibel and Sundown Trail may be better for the outing.
Catspan (FR) 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, well behind Spanish Treasure (11-5) at Hereford 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Howizee 7-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway before 2 out, led before last, soon headed, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Storm Breaker (11-5) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
French Seventyfive 18-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway 5th, went 2nd 3 out, not fluent 2 out, led approaching last, driven out, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Aug beating Lucky Lukey (10-0) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Fairynuff 3-1fav (10-11) Held up in touch, hit 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 31l behind Texas Holdem (11-7) at Carlisle 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft in Mar.
Arisea (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Very slowly away, behind, ran on from 2 out, went 3rd close home, nearest finish, 3rd of 16, 7l behind Lucky Lukey (10-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Leith Walk (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, hit 6th, soon ridden, lost place approaching 8th, stayed on same pace from 2 out, no danger, 7th of 14, 18l behind Knight Valliant (9-11) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
O Crotaigh (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Led, jumped right and slow 1st, headed approaching 9th, led 12th, headed before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 9, 29l behind Quetzal (11-9) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.
King Benny (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 9th, disputing 2nd when not fluent 2 out, weakened flat, 7th of 17, 36l behind Only Witness (11-2) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Sep.
Sundown Trail (IRE) 5-2fav (11-8) In touch in 4th, chased leaders after 3rd, went 2nd before 7th, pushed along after 4 out, weakened from 2 out, 4th of 8, 31l behind Easter Vic (10-9) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Mar.
Nisaal (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 3 out, ridden before last, stayed on well towards finish, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Endeavor (10-1) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Teviot Lass 14-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 7th, led 2 out, driven out, won at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct '09 beating Samizdat (9-12) by 2l, 12 ran.
Ocarito (GER) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, led 3rd, not fluent next, headed 3 out, weakened approaching last, 6th of 12, 35l behind Murfreesboro (10-6) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Aug.
Zoenicibel 11-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway after 3rd, went close 2nd before 3 out, led next, not fluent last, headed flat, held close home, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Wensleydale Web (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) gf in Jul '10.
Via Archimede (USA) 5-1 (11-0) Led on outer, headed 5th, led again before 7th, headed before 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Zefooha (11-12) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Sep.