This is only a novices' hurdle for conditional jockeys but it's attracted the attention of some powerful yards. Paul Nicholls' SILSOL may be the one to be on having made a promising start for new connections when fourth at Aintree. Vivaccio won at Lyon in June but hasn't been seen since and has to carry a penalty. Algernon Pazham was second over 2m here last month and will improve but point-to-point and bumper winner Court Appeal has been disappointing so far over timber, as has Willpower, and Owen Na View needs more. Speedy Bruere has won three times over fences, however, and Beatrix Kiddo has scope.
Vivaccio (FR) (10-10) won at Lyon-Parilly(FR) 2m 3f 4yo hdl gs in Jun beating Paris Clermont (10-5) by shd, 14 ran.
Algernon Pazham (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, mistake 2nd, led 3 out, ridden and headed before next, no chance with winner, not fluent last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Dubai Prince (10-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Court Appeal (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 13, well behind Cole Harden (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Owen Na View (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, not fluent next, pressing for 2nd last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Gallery Exhibition (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Silsol (GER) 13-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th until 3 out, one pace flat, 4th of 9, 9l behind Garde La Victoire (11-0) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Speedy Bruere (FR) 6-4 (11-8) Tracked leader, not fluent and pushed along 12th, mistake next, weakened 4 out, jumped right 2 out, last of 3, well behind Denali Highway (11-6) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Willpower (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway before 8th, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 13, 42l behind Gallery Exhibition (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Beatrix Kiddo (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, outpaced 4f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 9, 14l behind Hazel Brook (10-12) at Fontwell 1m 6f mares n h flat (6) gs in Sep.