Jetnova is struggling to rediscover his best over hurdles and Kilmacowen's form has tapered off somewhat since winning at Warwick back in March. DAWN COMMANDER failed to figure in a couple of starts over fences last month but his hurdling form is the equal of today's principal rivals and he gets the speculative vote. The Hollinwell is not easily dismissed as his only wins in the last two years have been a couple of bumpers on the Fibresand at Southwell and Brunswick Gold is another with claims if running anywhere near his current rating.
Bajan Sunshine (IRE) 40-1 (10-13) Tracked leader until ridden 4 out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, well behind Me Fein (10-1) at Fakenham 2m 4f sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Brunswick Gold (IRE) 3-1fav (10-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd and blundered 4 out, lost 2nd last, weakened and lost 3rd place towards finish, 4th of 10, 18l behind Garleton (11-9) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs (2) gd in May.
City Press (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, weakened 11th, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Howard's Legacy (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 3f Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) sft in Nov, 11 ran.
Dawn Commander (GER) 4-1 (11-4) Tracked winner, hit 4th, not fluent next, lost 2nd 6th, outpaced 12th, jumped right 13th, mistake 15th, behind when went badly right 4 out, tailed off, last of 3, well behind Forgotten Gold (11-4) at Aintree 3m 1f Beginners Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) sft in Oct.
Jetnova (IRE) 11-2fav (11-7) Held up behind, headway and hit 7th, weakened from 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Trustan Times (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Nov, 14 ran.
Kilmacowen (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Led until slithered on landing, soon in rear and tended to be carefull at the fences, behind from 7th, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Hildisvini (11-3) at Huntingdon 2m 4f Beginners Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) gd in Oct.
Representingceltic (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Blundered 4th, always behind, struggling 12th, never on terms, 6th of 9, 21l behind Hadrian's Approach (11-2) at Ascot 2m 3f Beginners Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) gs in Nov.
Ringa Bay 25-1 (11-10) Made most, blundered 8th, headed 15th, chased leader until approaching 4 out, weakened and pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Rumbury Grey (11-10) at Stratford 3m 4f nov hts chs (2) gd in Jun, 16 ran.
Sea Cadet 25-1 (9-10) Held up, ridden and headway 12th, plugged on, never a factor, 3rd of 9, 22l behind Loch Ba (11-5) at Kempton 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
The Hollinwell 7-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, jumped slowly early stages, headway approaching 11th, went 2nd 4 out until blundered 3 out, mistake 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Overquest (10-12) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Winston Churchill (IRE) 9-2 (11-8) Led, slight mistake 3 out and headed, soon lost place, weakened after last, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Your Busy (11-12) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs gd in Aug '11.