Grand National-winning owner Raymond Mould owns RANSOM NOTE so it's probably no surprise to the Grade 2-winning miler trying his hand over hurdles. If he's going to get home over hurdles it will be at a course like Kempton and the five-year-old should outclass these. Golden Hoof has a NH pedigree and should improve on his second in a bumper at Stratford while Rysbrack was taking on decent opposition at Cheltenham last month. Fakenham third Chain Of Events and fellow Flat winner My Lord may be best of the rest.
Chain Of Events 22-1 (10-12) Led, not fluent 3 out or when headed 2 out, no extra flat, 3rd of 7, 16l behind Close Touch (10-12) at Fakenham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Conigre 28-1 (11-2) Mid-division, chased leaders before 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 8th of 10, 21l behind Twirling Magnet (11-2) at Sandown 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Excelsior Academy 15-2 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden when bumped 3 out, soon beaten, 6th of 9, 12l behind Boston Blue (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Golden Hoof (IRE) 11-8fav (11-0) Raced keenly tracking leader, led over 2f out, soon hard pressed, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Miss Tilly Oscar (10-10) at Stratford 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Leeroar (IRE) Let The Lion Roar gelding out of Leane.
My Lord 40-1 (9-2) Went right start always in rear, 11th of 12, 9l behind Henry Clay (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct (flat).
Nice To Have (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) Held up towards rear on outside, headway 7f out, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 13, 27l behind Bob Tucker (11-4) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Ransom Note 9-2 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 5, 12l behind Hunter's Light (9-3) at Haydock 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gf in Aug (flat).
Rysbrack (USA) 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not always fluent, weakened approaching last, 7th of 12, 19l behind Court Minstrel (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m mdn hdl (3) gs in Oct.
Twoways (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, behind 7th, tailed off, 7th of 12, 48l behind Le Bec (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.