Henrietta Knight's team are showing some signs of hitting form and GLASKER MILL, fourth at Cheltenham on his seasonal debut can win this. Osako D'Airy, O'Maley and the hat-trick seeking Bill's Echo are others which cannot be left out of it. That Cheltenham outing was Glaskar Mill's first outing in handicap company and while his handicap hurdle career failed to bring about much success, he is bred to be a chaser. Osako D'Airey tackled chasing for the first time at Aintree last time out. Stepping up from 2m 4f to 3m should suit him while O'Maley, a former Paul Nicholls inmate, was far from disgraced on his debut for the Martin Todhunter yard in a hot conditions contest won by Tidal Bay. Bill's Echo has another 8lb rise to contend with here from his Stratford victory. Nor'Nor'East is worth keeping a check on in the market as he returns from a break and Glaskar Mill is given the vote.
Darkness 12-1 (11-5) Mid-division, driven along 18th, soon weakened and pulled up at the 21th in race won by Run For Paddy (10-2) at Ayr 4m 1f hcp chs Grd 3 (1) gd in Apr '06, 30 ran.
Mister Quasimodo 11-1 (10-4) Led until 5th, jumped left from next, beaten when hampered and unseated rider 5 out in race won by Ashley Brook (10-4) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp chs Grd 2 (1) gs, 9 ran.
Glasker Mill (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out but not on terms, stayed on flat, 4th of 17, 13l behind Parsons Legacy (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs (2) gd in Oct.
Rambling Minster 12-1 (11-10) Held up, behind, weakened from 13th, 5th of 8, 41l behind Fundamentalist (11-9) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Oct.
Nor'nor'east (IRE) 1-4fav (11-0) Tracked leader, led 10th, ridden and hard pressed flat, held on near finish, won at Market Rasen 2m 6f beg chs (4) gs in Mar beating Surface To Air (10-11) by a nk, 4 ran.
O'maley (FR) 40-1 (11-4) Led, ridden and headed 3 out, stumbled next, weakening when blundered last, soon lost 2nd place, 3rd of 4, 17l behind Tidal Bay (11-10) at Carlisle 2m 4f chs (2) sft.
Naunton Brook 7-2 (11-9) Led 2nd, soon clear, reminder 9th, ridden and headed after 14th, soon no chance, 4th of 8, 22l behind Tana River (11-5) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (2) gs in Oct.
Possol (FR) 16-1 (11-0) In touch until weakened 4 out, 8th of 10, 49l behind Hell's Bay (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl Grd 2 (1) gd in Oct.
Gold Medallist 13-2 (11-8) Chased leader, ridden approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 2l behind Nation State (10-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov hcp chs (3) gd in Apr.
Mon Mome (FR) 25-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, not fluent when weakened 5 out, 9th of 24, 47l behind Iris De Balme (9-7) at Ayr 4m hcp chs Grd 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Osako D'airy (FR) 10-3fav (11-12) Held up, headway after 4 out, chased winner after 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 14, 7l behind The Hollow Bottom (11-0) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Oct.
Bill's Echo 7-2 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway 8th, led approaching last, ridden clear flat, won at Stratford 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Oct beating Apollo Creed (11-9) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Scalloway (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Chased leading pair until 7th, ridden after 10th, mistake 4 out, weakened before 3 out, mistake 2 out, 10th of 17, 40l behind Ouzbeck (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Oct.
Nirvana Swing (FR) 16-1 (10-8) In touch, pushed along 14th, soon lost place, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Parsons Legacy (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs (2) gd in Oct, 17 ran.
Karelian 33-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, effort 4 out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 36l behind Kandjar D'allier (11-10) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd.
I Hear Thunder (IRE) 3-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, challenged 4 out, led approaching 3 out, headed 2 out, no extra, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Tana River (11-5) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (2) gs in Oct.