SYDNEY PAGET won over hurdles at Bangor and Ayr last season and is sure to have had plenty of schooling over the larger obstacles. Donald McCain's five-year-old could be the one to beat here though Micro Mission won over timber here in December last year and also scored at Ayr in April. He's already won over fences between the flags and will be a big threat. On Broadway is another point-to-point winner and he's very much at home on heavy ground and will lack nothing in fitness but Our Island is one-paced and, though he's been taking on much better company, may need a thorough stamina test if he's to get his head in front.
Bollin River 200-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, struggling after 6th, soon lost touch and pulled up, in a race won by Ryton Runner (10-10) at Perth 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep, 7 ran.
Gorey Lane (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Held up behind in touch, close up halfway, lost place 4 out, soon outpaced, weakened next, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Seven Is Lucky (11-7) at Ayr 3m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Mar.
On Broadway 6-4 (11-5) Led, not fluent 7th, mistake and briefly headed 3 out, soon led again, headed last, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind About Thyne (10-12) at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Our Island (IRE) 22-1 (10-0) Chased leaders to 3rd, soon mid-division, reminders after 9th, reminders before 19th, weakened 21st, soon pulled up, in a race won by Merigo (10-2) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 24 ran.
Snooze N You Lose 100-1 (11-2) Behind, struggling 8th, tailed off when pulled up before 10th, in a race won by Aneyeforaneye (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Sep, 8 ran.
Sydney Paget (IRE) 11-4fav (11-10) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, mistakes 3rd and 5th, headway after 7th, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, well behind Grandads Horse (11-12) at Haydock 2m 4f Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4-8yo) (3) gd in Apr.
Micro Mission (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, led before 4 out, hung right before 2 out and not fluent, pressed last, hard ridden and hung right run-in, kept on well, driven out, won at Ayr 3m mrs hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr beating Loch Dhu (10-3) by 3/4l, 11 ran.