Alan King's Dona comes here on the back of an improved performance on his reappearance when landing a handicap at Huntingdon and has to be respected but a penalty for that win makes this tougher and he faces no easy task giving weight away to CLASSIC VINTAGE, who looks an interesting recruit to the hurdling ranks. Trained by Amanda Perrett, the selection comes here fit and in form from the flat where he was rated in the mid 90s and he may be good enough to make a winning debut over timber. Formerly with Jeremy Noseda, Secret World makes his belated debut for Nicky Henderson over hurdles and he could be of interest, while French import Teshali is now with Paul Nicholls and cannot be discounted.
Dona 9-2 (11-7) Held up in 5th, closed 5th, went 2nd before 3 out, led approaching 2 out, clear last, ran on well, easily, won at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs beating Olympian Boy (10-11) by 11l, 10 ran.
Act Of Kalanisi (IRE) 33-1 (7-12) Tracked leader, led over 6f out to 4f out, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace, weakened final furlong, 18th of 32, 22l behind Aaim To Prosper (7-13) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct (flat).
Arbayoun (IRE) 22-1 (10-11) Held up, ridden 4 out, no impression from next, 9th of 16, 40l behind Fully Funded (11-12) at Wexford 2m 2f 5yo mdn hdl in Oct.
Champs De Bleu (FR) Shambo gelding out of Flashing Silks.
Classic Vintage (USA) 25-1 (8-9) Mid-division, outpaced 3f out, headway under pressure 2f out, chased leaders 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 22, 3 1/2l behind Times Up (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) gs (flat).
Eastern Supreme (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Mid-division, pushed along 7th, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Time For Spring (10-12) at Ascot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) gs.
Fight Club (GER) 66-1 (11-1) Pulled hard, behind until headway to track leader after 3rd, lost place after 4 out, weakened quickly before next, 10th of 13, well behind Midnight Opera (11-1) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (3) sft.
General Eliott (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, led after 2nd until 3rd, led after next, headed approaching 3 out, weakening quickly when mistake 2 out, 9th of 15, well behind Captain Chris (10-12) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Lieutenant Miller 11-4fav (11-2) Chased leaders, lost place and pushed along halfway, in touch 4f out, soon ridden and weakened, 6th of 14, 14l behind Chasing Aces (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gs.
Lombok 7-1 (9-4) Took keen hold, close 5th on inside, headway on inside over 2f out, led well over 1f out, headed and not quicken inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Ellemujie (9-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct (flat).
Opera Prince 11-2 (9-9) Towards rear of mid-division, headway on outside and hung left over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd last strides, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Ermyn Express (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol (flat).
Secret World (IRE) 66-1 (9-10) Always well behind, never a factor, 27th of 29, well behind Mr Aviator (9-5) at Ascot 1m hcap (2) gf in Jun '08 (flat).
Shalambar (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, every chance 3 out, weakened next, 12th of 14, 25l behind Gilded Age (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Teshali (IRE) 5-2fav (11-0) Tracked leader, effort and every chance 3 out to next, soon weakened, 6th of 15, 31l behind Arthurian Legend (11-0) at Chepstow 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
Tiger Bay (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Behind, under pressure 4 out, soon beaten, behind when pulled up before 2out, in a race won by Sophies Trophy (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar, 11 ran.
Vesey Lodge (IRE) 5-2fav (11-0) Always prominent, led over 3f out, clear final furlong, easily, won at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jul beating Unwanted Gift (10-11) by 10l, 12 ran.
Waldsee (GER) 100-1 (10-5) Towards rear, not fluent 5th, mistake 7th, soon behind, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Highland Valley (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft, 13 ran.