Fongoli and Zepnove are likely to struggle under their penalties in this novices' hurdle and a better bet looks to be KIND HEART with Evening Sunset rated the best of the rest. The selection was capable on the flat for Sir Mark Prescott and subsequently for Paul Howling and made a pleasing debut over hurdles for Don McCain when gamely taking a decent novices' hurdle at Aintree last month and she has an obvious chance of following up that success. Tim Vaughan's Am I Blue could be an interesting newcomer over timber for a stable that does well with their runners over hurdles and makes more appeal than Tom Taaffe's Innocent Times, who lacks any racing experience. Mick Quinlan's Evening Sunset sprung a surprise when successful at Plumpton in September and has disappointed back on the flat since then so a better bet looks to be Kind Heart.
Fongoli 40-1 (10-13) Led, not fluent and headed 3 out, still well there when not much room on inside 2 out, ridden and weakened approaching last, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Nicky Nutjob (10-12) at Wetherby 2m listed nov hdl (1) gd in Oct.
Zepnove (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Chased leader to approaching 4th, stayed handy, reminders 4 out, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, 25l behind Nicky Nutjob (10-12) at Wetherby 2m listed nov hdl (1) gd in Oct.
Evening Sunset (GER) 11-1 (10-5) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, went 2nd before 3 out, challenged 2 out, led soon after, ridden clear flat, won at Plumpton 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gf in Sep beating True Britannia (11-0) by 6l, 9 ran.
Kind Heart 12-1 (10-7) Tracked leader, led 4 out, ridden last, kept on under pressure when hard pressed flat, just held on, won at Aintree 2m 3yo nov hdl (3) gd in Oct beating Stormy Weather (11-0) by hd, 9 ran.
Am I Blue 7-1 (8-4) Always last, ridden 5f out, well behind final 3f, tailed off, last of 5, 18l behind Khayar (8-9) at Warwick 1m 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct (flat).
Black Salix (USA) 28-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, always in rear, 14th of 15, 25l behind Mr Udagawa (8-10) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Sep (flat).
Deckchair 14-1 (10-5) Hampered 1st, always towards rear, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Helieorbea (10-12) at Haydock 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Haling Park (UAE) 20-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, raced keenly, tried to close approaching 2 out, no impression, 5th of 7, 16l behind Blazing Buck (10-9) at Sandown 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gd.
Innocent Times (IRE) Hawk Wing filly out of Innocentines.
Luthien (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, 11th of 13, 40l behind Coolnaharan (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks 0-55 (6) pol (flat).
Owls Fc (IRE) 200-1 (8-7) Close up, lost place from 7f out, 10th of 13, well behind Bruton Street (9-3) at Catterick 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft (flat).