Considering his lack of experience and the fact that he ran with the choke out for a long way, TAIKOO was far from disgraced on his hurdling debut over 3m1f at Doncaster. A useful stayer on the Flat on soft ground, today's slight drop in distance should suit Hughie Morrison's seven-year-old and he can get off the mark at the second time of asking. Former pointer Laflammedeglorie may be the danger as he was up against a decent prospect in Shutthefrontdoor in a bumper here on his debut under Rules and can only improve, though Simply Ben showed promise at Chepstow last time. Milarrow ran his best race so far when only beaten half-a-length at Towcester but Cock Of The Rock has proved expensive to follow and Sharlene's Quest returns from a lay-off.
Beta Blocker 40-1 (10-7) Mid-division, mistake 3rd, weakened approaching 7th, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Harry Topper (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Boo Boo Booyakasha 33-1 (10-12) Raced wide in last pair, ridden and struggling after 5th, tailed off, 5th of 8, 45l behind Meister Eckhart (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Classic Euro (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Held up, headway and hit 4th, weakening when went right 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Meister Eckhart (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Cock Of The Rock (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, mistake 6th, soon under pressure, stayed on well, never able to challenge, 4th of 12, 45l behind Fingal Bay (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Oct.
Glacial Harry 100-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, lost touch 7th, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Ambion Wood (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Laflammedeglorie 4-1 (11-0) Chased clear leader until left in lead 10f, headed halfway, led again 6f out, ridden and headed 4f out, plugged on, 2nd of 8, 16l behind Shutthefrontdoor (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) sft in Nov.
Milarrow (IRE) 7-2 (10-5) Held up in touch, led before 2 out, headed last, every chance flat, no extra close home, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Gores Island (10-7) at Towcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Dec.
Simply Ben (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway after 5th, outpaced 4 out, rallied 2 out, mistake last, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Ambion Wood (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Taikoo 7-1 (10-12) Led, headed before 3 out, ridden before last, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 16l behind Ely Brown (10-13) at Doncaster 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Madam Noso 10-1 (11-7) Lost tch 13; pu 15, in a race won by Special Account (12-0) at Great Trethew 3m ptp gs in Apr, 7 ran.
Sharlene's Quest (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Led, soon clear, headed 5f out, weakened soon after, 13th of 18, 42l behind Tempest River (11-0) at Aintree 2m 1f N H flat lst (1) gd in Apr.