Dispour went close to following up his win at Bangor when just held under a penalty at Sedgefield. He should be in the firing-line once again, but GOLD CHAIN may prove too good. The latter also went close on her hurdling debut over track and trip when finishing a distance clear of third-placed Seaside Rock and Diane Sayer's filly can open her account in this. Thorpe won a maiden on the Flat last month and makes his hurdling debut for new connections in this.
Dispour (IRE) 11-10fav (11-5) Led to 3 out, ridden and every chance last until held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind War Lord (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Seaside Rock (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) In rear and in touch, mistake 2nd, not fluent 5th, went 3rd before 3 out, one pace before last, 3rd of 4, 21l behind Akdam (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd.
Thorpe (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Disputed lead on outside after 1f, led over 5f out, came towards stands' side over 3f out, ridden and hard pressed 2f out, edged left over 1f out, stayed on to go clear inside final furlong, won at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) hvy in Oct beating Lady Guinevere (9-0) by 4l, 11 ran (flat).
Gold Chain (IRE) 12-5 (10-5) Tracked leaders and keen, went 2nd before 3 out, ridden and every chance when pressed winner run-in, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Akdam (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd.