Quel Elite may just have needed the run when runner-up to Dark Glacier over this trip at Wetherby earlier this month. He looks sure to be in the firing-line here but may have to settle for a place again behind NODFORM RICHARD. The latter will make a nice chaser in time but didn't do a lot wrong when third at Hereford last time and the runner-up has franked the form of that race recently. Winning pointer Brindisi Breeze was only beaten a head in a bumper at Musselburgh on his debut under Rules and will appreciate the extra distance here. He could be best of the rest.
Barr Head (IRE) 80-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders on inside, driven and outpaced before 2 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Monogram (11-0) at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct '10, 12 ran.
Brindisi Breeze (IRE) 11-10fav (11-2) Always prominent, not much room and stumbled on bend over 3f out, led and bumped 2f out, soon headed, led again narrowly well inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 8, hd behind Nodda High Kid (10-9) at Musselburgh 2m mdn NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Edinburgh Gin Time 100-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, struggling 6th, tailed off 3 out, last of 8, well behind Kings Canyon (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy.
Netminder (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway on outer to take closer order before 2 out, weakened soon after, 4th of 8, 29l behind Bury Parade (10-7) at Hexham 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.
Nodform Richard 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, challenged 2 out, ridden before last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Tarbeck (10-12) at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Quel Elite (FR) 11-4fav (10-12) Held up mid-division, went 4th 4 out, ridden to chase winner before last, edged right run-in, kept on, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Dark Glacier (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
The Boozy Bishop (IRE) 16-1 (12-5) 3rd of 8, 14l behind Salmon Rising (12-5) at Corbridge 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Kinder Scout 100-1 (9-13) In rear, reminders after 4th, tailed off 5th, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Shifting Gold (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep, 12 ran.
Mini The Minx (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, lost place before 6th, kept on under pressure from 3 out, went 3rd flat, no impression with leading pair, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Kings Canyon (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy.
Valsesia (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Close up, led over 4f out, headed 2f out, soon ridden and weakened, 5th of 18, 24l behind Call Me A Star (10-12) at Wetherby 2m mares n h flat (6) gs in Nov.