Massini Lotto's defeat of Hold Court in a point-to-point last year was an eye-catching piece of form and he probably needed the run when well beaten on his hurdles bow at Plumpton earlier this month - better is expected here. Kenai Peninsula and Supreme Asset both bring winning form into the race but have the obligatory 7lb penalty. Alan King's charge may be the pick of that pair today while Squire Trelawney and Wychwoods Brook are both bumper winners, though the latter was a tad disappointing when only second on his hurdles bow at Leicester. Consistent chaser Kings Grey will be a threat to all after ending a frustrating sequence here last month as the runner-up has already boosted the form but RED DEVIL BOYS may have more scope and gets the nod. Already a winner between the flags, he was very impressive in a bumper here on his reappearance and an earlier run at the track has also worked out well.
Kenai Peninsula 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 5th, ridden to chase leader 2 out, hung left and driven to lead run in when rider dropped whip, won at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Suerte Al Salto (10-12) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Supreme Asset (IRE) 10-3fav (10-12) Tracked leaders and keen, headway to lead 2 out, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Ut Majeur Aulmes (10-7) by 2l, 8 ran.
Ballycool (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, weakened from 3 out, 9th of 15, 42l behind Woodpole Academy (11-0) at Newcastle 2m NH Maiden Hurdle (4-6yo) (5) hvy.
Best Excuse 11-2 (11-2) Soon in rear, took keen hold, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 4th of 9, 32l behind Bittersweetheart (10-9) at Stratford 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Aug.
Custer Of The West (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway approaching and chased winner 2 out, kept on, no impression, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Spanish Treasure (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Apr '11.
Hallmark Harry 10-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, weakened 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Smadynium (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy, 11 ran.
Kings Grey (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before and led 2 out, clear before last, driven out, held on towards finish, won at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Nov beating Tahiti Pearl (10-8) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Massini Lotto (IRE) 11-8fav (11-2) Took keen hold, chased leaders, kept on same pace final 2f, 5th of 10, 33l behind Kings Palace (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 2f nhf (6) sft.
Milan Royale 20-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway 7th, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 11, 36l behind Malapie (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Neltara 12-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway 5th, soon chasing leaders, weakened 2 out, 5th of 8, 16l behind Basford Bob (11-1) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar '11.
Nimko 100-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, mistake 1st, raced wide down the back straight, reminders after 4th, tailed off, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Fourjacks (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy, 8 ran.
Oscar O'scar (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Held up in touch, chased clear trio before 7th, weakened 2 out, 5th of 12, 33l behind Witness In Court (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Red Devil Boys (IRE) Evensfav (11-1) Tracked leaders, badly hampered over 4f out, led over 3f out, soon clear, eased last 100 yards, won at Doncaster 2m cond NH flat (6) sft in Nov beating Lotus Pond (10-11) by 11l, 9 ran.
Squire Trelawney 40-1 (11-1) Held up, pushed along and struggling 6f out, headway over 2f out, stayed on well from over 1f out, led close home, won at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov beating Ballinvarrig (11-4) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Tackler (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 8, 26l behind Baltimore Rock (10-7) at Bangor 2m 1f mdn nat hunt flat (6) gs in Nov.
Wychwoods Brook 5-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, landed awkwardley 6th, ridden to lead narrowly 3 out, clear with winner and headed next, weakened next, tired run in, just held on to 2nd, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Dungeel (10-12) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Yellow Duke (FR) 100-1 (10-12) Raced keenly, led and soon clear, reduced lead 3 out, headed 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 23l behind Robbie (11-12) at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Zakaroo 66-1 (11-0) Fell 1st, in a race won by Superior Quality (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft, 18 ran.
Executive Benefit (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Mid-division, weakened over 4f out, 8th of 16, 37l behind Carlton Jack (10-13) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gs.
Scheherazadesdream 33-1 (10-11) Always in rear, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Gonow (10-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Mar.