There probably isn't much to choose between stablemates GETTING READY and Next To Nowhere on the form book but the former has had the benefit of a recent run and more scope having finished a fair third on his racecourse debut at Wetherby. He gets the vote though Into Wain also has to go on the short-list after just being touched off over a longer trip at Catterick last time. L'eminence Grise and La Bacouetteuse continue to disappoint, however, so newcomer Absinthe may be a bigger threat having gone close several times on the Flat this year for Walter Swinburn.
Absinthe (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, headway to chase leaders 8f out, stayed on to 2nd over 1f out, ridden and no impression on winner final furlong, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Demolition (8-12) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct (flat).
Getting Ready (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Raced wide, held up towards rear, steady headway after 6th, chased leading pair 4 out, hit 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, hit last, 3rd of 17, 10l behind Crafti Bookie (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Great Wisdom (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up in 5th, chased leading pair 4th to 4 out, weakened and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Diamond D'amour (10-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy, 8 ran.
Into Wain (USA) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, led before 2 out, ridden and headed last, kept on, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Bourne (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
L'eminence Grise (IRE) 28-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, effort 3 out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, well behind Malt Master (11-0) at Newcastle 2m NH Maiden Hurdle (4-6yo) (5) gs in Nov.
La Bacouetteuse (FR) 80-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, tailed off, 7th of 14, well behind Bourne (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Mr Mansson (IRE) 200-1 (10-12) Held up behind, mistake 4th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Eurohunter (10-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Next To Nowhere (IRE) 9-4fav (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden before last, one pace, 4th of 9, 9l behind Jukebox Melody (11-1) at Newcastle 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Pas Trop Tard (FR) 80-1 (10-9) Towards rear, struggling from 5th, mistake 4 out, soon lost touch, tailed off, 8th of 13, 31l behind Gordonsville (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Rhymers Ha' 11-8fav (10-6) Close up and keen, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 4th of 8, 16l behind Rendl Beach (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gd.
Talkin Sence (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Jinked start, led until jumped slowly and headed 1st, in touch, hampered 4th, chased leading pair after 2 out, edged left and kept on flat, no impression, 3rd of 13, 10l behind Eurohunter (10-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Mia Matriarch 20-1 (10-10) Raced keenly, held up in last pair, smooth headway after 4 out, ridden and outpaced after next, weakened before last, 6th of 10, 46l behind Micro Mission (10-5) at Kelso 2m 6f mrs nov hdl (4) sft.