Winning pointer and bumper Harry's Farewell made a promising start over hurdles at Fontwell and the extra half-mile is a plus. Chepstow third Minella On Line also promises more now upped in trip and makes more appeal than Bangor second Spencer Lea and Paul Henderson's pair Back In June and Garde Fou. CLOSING CEREMONY was beaten 15 lengths when third at Ffos Las last time but was only beaten two lengths by the useful Kaki De La Pree at Chepstow earlier and a repeat of that effort would probably suffice here.
Back In June 100-1 (11-0) Always in rear, outpaced and struggling after 5th, losing touch when went left 3 out, tailed off and mistake next, last of 5, well behind Killala Quay (11-4) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Dec.
Closing Ceremony (IRE) 9-4 (10-9) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, mostly raced wide, hit 6th, soon given reminder, jumped slowly 8th, not fluent next, chased winner after, hit 2 out, no impression and lost 2nd when jumped right and slowly last, no extra, 3rd of 5, 15l behind Potters Cross (10-12) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Garde Fou (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Always behind, struggling 5th, weakened next, soon tailed off, 6th of 12, 49l behind Madness Light (10-9) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Harry's Farewell 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and no extra from last, 3rd of 13, 14l behind Cole Harden (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Minella On Line (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Prominent, outpaced after 7th, rallying when hit 4 out, no impression on winner from 2 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 15, 22l behind Deputy Dan (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Spencer Lea 14-1 (10-9) Close up, ridden 3 out, kept on to go 2nd flat, no threat to winner, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Classic Move (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.