LIKEAROLLINGSTONE makes most appeal in this. He has a 12lb hike in the weights to contend with but beat subsequent winner Ironical by nine lengths at Southwell in August and Sean Curran's charge can follow-up with more to come. Jasper Massini won a maiden hurdle at Carlisle during the summer and should be in the mix along with Markadam, a runner-up at Perth back in April. Around A Pound is 14lb higher than when scoring over C&D earlier this year and Bangor juvenile hurdle winner Ulis De Vassy could prove a bigger threat.
Flemi Two Toes (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Prominent, mistake and reminders 4th, not much room next, ridden after 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Quinte Du Chatelet (11-7) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Likearollingstone (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Prominent, hit 8th, led 3 out, clear before last, pushed out, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug beating Ironical (11-0) by 9l, 12 ran.
Red Hot Poker 33-1 (9-11) Always towards rear, never involved, 11th of 13, 40l behind Lamb Or Cod (10-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Rock Relief (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Held up behind, headway before 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 14, 17l behind Trustan Times (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Ulis De Vassy (FR) 11-2 (10-4) In touch, pushed along and lost place before 4 out, tailed off, 15th of 17, well behind Kitegen (10-8) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Oct.
Jasper Massini (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Made all, ridden before last, kept on well, ridden out, won at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gd in Jul beating Somerset Island (10-12) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Around A Pound (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 4 out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 34l behind San Telm (11-9) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct.
Markadam 6-5fav (11-1) Led, pressed before 2 out, ridden and headed narrowly last, kept on and every chance run-in, just held near finish, 2nd of 4, nk behind Locked Inthepocket (11-8) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) sft in Apr.