PAMPLONA RUN, a half-brother to bumper and hurdles winner Glorious Twelth, is held in high regard. He's already won twice over 3m between the flags and should prove hard to beat on his debut under Rules. Kris Spin was placed over 3m at Bangor in April and again at Towcester on his reappearance. He should make the frame again but Champagne Rian needs to improve on his second at Ffos Las, though rates a better bet than stable companion Bob Keown. Sausalito Sunrise has to prove he stays this far but he's got some fair form to his name, including his latest third at Cheltenham, and can't be ignored.
Bob Keown (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, some headway after 2 out, no impression and plugged on before last, 4th of 14, 29l behind Andy Kelly (10-10) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Champagne Rian (IRE) 2-1 (10-7) Disputed slow pace until 5th, led again when pecked 7th, ridden and headed 3 out, went left 2 out, no impression on winner before last where mistake, 2nd of 5, 18l behind Berea Boru (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Kaikias (IRE) 9-4 (12-0) Alw pr, rdn to ld 4out, hdd bef 2out, sn ko onepce, 3rd of 12, 12l behind Frankly Oscar (12-0) at Necarne 3m ire ptp sft in Jun.
Kris Spin (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, took keen hold, hit 7th, led after 3 out, hard ridden and edged left after 2 out, not fluent last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Mountain Tunes (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Milanese (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Mistake 1st, mid-division on outside, carried left 7th, soon lost place, weakened 4 out, 8th of 12, well behind Rydon Pynes (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Pamplona Run (IRE) 2-5 (11-7) Ww; rap hdwy aft 15; led by-passing 2 out; rdn out, won at Eggesford 3m ptp gf in May beating Reliable Richie (12-0) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Sausalito Sunrise (IRE) 9-2 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway 7th, went 3rd after last, edged right and stayed on, 3rd of 19, 4 1/2l behind Home Run (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.