BROADWAY BUFFALO is bred to be a staying jumper so the fact that he's had the pace to win bumpers at Worcester and Aintree is a bonus and he's expected to make a winning start over hurdles. Ballyben was the easy winner of a Haydock bumper on his debut but struggled in very testing ground at Ayr so it could be Firth Of The Clyde who provides the main threat. Malcolm Jefferson's charge showed major improvement from his first two runs when second to King Of The Wolds at Wetherby and with further progress likely looks certain to get competitive. The mare Charming Grace was a 150/1 chance when a close third to Tesyoucan at Hexham last June but hasn't been seen since and Carlisle bumper winner Standintheband is likely to prove more of a threat.
Ballyben (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Prominent, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon beaten, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Fine Rightly (11-2) at Ayr 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Ballybroe (IRE) 200-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, close up 5th, no extra flat, 4th of 13, 15l behind Duke Of Navan (11-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Blue Cove 100-1 (11-0) Towards rear and keen, ridden 4 out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 42l behind Moscow Presents (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Broadway Buffalo (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Held up in touch, switched right and ridden 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Oct beating Mister Pagan (11-4) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Burgundy Beau 18-1 (10-9) Prominent, mistake 3rd, lost place and ridden next, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Constant Contact (11-5) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Apr, 14 ran.
Croco Bay (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Led, ridden and headed 2 out, one pace after, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Special Catch (11-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Firth Of The Clyde 14-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway under pressure before 3 out, ridden to chase leading pair after next, stayed on to take 2nd flat, no impression with winner, 2nd of 12, 6l behind King Of The Wolds (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Fozy Moss And Beyond gelding out of Peggy Sioux.
Franky Spec (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 4 out, tailed off from next, last of 10, well behind Special Catch (11-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Standintheband (IRE) 3-1fav (10-11) Made all, ridden over 1f out, soon pressed, kept on gamely inside final furlong, won at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Dec beating Cleve Cottage (10-7) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Trouble In Paris (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden after 6th, outpaced before 3 out, left 4th next, no impression, mistake last, 4th of 10, 19l behind Imjoeking (11-5) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Charming Grace (IRE) 150-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, outpaced before 2 out, stayed on from last, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Yesyoucan (10-12) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jun.