VELOCE won three times on the Flat last year and made a very promising start to his hurdling career when chasing home the potentially smart Poet at Newbury. A repeat of that effort over this extra half-mile would almost certainly suffice here. Winning pointer Liberty Court was beaten less than a length over this trip at Fakenham last month and should be winning soon while Scarlet Fire will have learned plenty from his fourth at Aintree, though was beaten a long way. The others will probably struggle to make an impression today.
Buffalo Ballet 14-1 (10-9) Mid-division, outpaced 8th, kept on from 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 13, 42l behind Maggio (11-5) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Liberty Court (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) In touch, ridden and headway 2 out, chased leading pair last, kept on to go 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Ericht (10-4) at Fakenham 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Lisbon (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 12th of 14, well behind Un Atout (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Lortzing (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, moderate 5th halfway, no extra approaching 3 out, weakened, 8th of 11, well behind Mozoltov (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Red Myst (IRE) 7-4 (12-0) 2nd of 11, 8l behind Mission Beach (12-0) at Hexham 2m 4f ptp gd in Jun.
Regal Ramirez 20-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 3f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 15, 11l behind Just Cameron (11-2) at Newcastle 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Scarlet Fire (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden after 6th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 12, well behind Buthelezi (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Veloce (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) In touch in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders before last, went 2nd flat, kept on but readily held by winner, 2nd of 18, 2 1/4l behind Poet (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Blue Sea Of Ibrox (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Mid-division, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 11th of 16, well behind Carlton Jack (10-13) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec.