Jimmie Brown signed off last season with a win over hurdles at Wetherby. He makes his chasing bow on his reappearance along with Clondaw Knight. Swing Hard may do better taking on the larger obstacles for the first time but SUPRISE VENDOR has already won over fences. He scored at Hexham in May and his earlier second over track and trip gives him the beating of My Idea on collateral form. Stuart Coltherd's charge gets the nod with Alfred Oats looking best of the rest on last season's third at Ayr.
Jimmie Brown (USA) 66-1 (10-6) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, soon led, pressed from 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Wetherby 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd in Apr beating Asteroid Belt (10-11) by 4l, 10 ran.
Clondaw Knight (IRE) 5-2fav (11-0) Led, ridden and headed last, no extra flat, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Jumbo John (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Leroy Parker (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, weakened before 5 out, 6th of 8, 27l behind Definite Dream (10-10) at Carlisle 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct.
Swing Hard (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd or 4th, lost place after 7th, well beaten before 3 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Josies Orders (10-13) at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Teo Vivo (FR) 13-2 (11-9) In touch, fell 1st, in a race won by Cloudy Joker (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd, 8 ran.
My Idea 66-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, weakened from 5 out, 5th of 7, 16l behind Pendra (11-2) at Carlisle 2m beg chs (4) gs in Oct.
Suprise Vendor (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, pushed along and lost place 8th, blundered 2 out, 6th of 9, 30l behind Endeavor (11-0) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Alfred Oats 33-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, lost place before 10th, 6th of 11, 26l behind Oil Burner (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Brieryhill Boy 25-1 (10-7) Led until before 3rd, ridden and headed before last, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 23l behind Chavoy (10-13) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Coax 33-1 (11-2) Towards rear, headway into mid-division 3 out, kept on same pace, never near leaders, 8th of 15, 22l behind Home Run (11-11) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.
Robin's Command (IRE) 13-2 (10-4) Held up mid-division, headway before 4 out, chased leaders 3 out, weakened next, 10th of 13, well behind Capital Venture (11-2) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.