BURNT OAK's bumper form must make him of interest and fit from recent outings on the flat he gets the vote over Sendali and Spellchecker. Despite winning two bumpers in impressive fashion back in 2005/6, the selection has been unable to progress with a flat career. The switch to hurdling looks a good move and he is expected to start fulfilling that early potential. AP McCoy and Howard Johnson teamed up to good effect earlier this week and Spellchecker needs respect based on his good fifth to Waterloo Road on his recent hurdles debut over this course and distance. Fiftyfive Degrees was further back on that occasion and this strong-stayer, a winner of several point-to-points and a hunter chase will need much further before he is winning. Quinda Spring makes his UK debut and could be anything; the market will help there. Peters Pride was a fair bumper horse and needs a check in the betting, whilst Brian's Journey represents a stable in good form but they are not renowned for their debut winners. Sendali is another for consideration having won on good to soft on the flat, however for the winner we will side with Burnt Oak.
Attacca 40-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, some late headway, never nearer, 9th of 11, 13l behind Brazilian Brush (8-8) at Great Leighs 6f clm (6) pol in Oct (Flat).
Bandos 250-1 (10-12) Led and raced keen, soon clear, headed after 4 out, soon weakened, 13th of 16, well behind Waterloo Road (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Brian's Journey Benny The Dip gelding out of maiden racemare Soviet Cry.
Burnt Oak (UAE) 20-1 (10-11) Held up, headway 2f out, never near leaders, 11th of 23, 13l behind Hairy Molly (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m nhf Grd 1 (1) gd in Mar '06.
Craicneasy (IRE) 125-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, struggling halfway, tailed off when pulled up at the 5th in race won by Door Boy (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct, 14 ran.
Dance Sauvage 66-1 (10-9) Held up, weakened from 4 out, 7th of 13, 44l behind Mhilu (11-5) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hdl (4) frm in Oct.
Fiftyfive Degrees (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Towards rear, weakened 4 out, 9th of 16, 43l behind Waterloo Road (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Giant Star (USA) 100-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, mistake 3rd, weakened appoaching 3 out, 15th of 18, well behind American Trilogy (11-0) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (3) sft in Oct.
Not Now Lewis (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up, hit 3 out when weakening, 12th of 16, well behind Waterloo Road (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
P'Tit Vouster (FR) 33-1 (11-0) Led, headed approaching 3 out, weakened, 6th of 11, 29l behind Seeking Justice (10-7) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Dec.
Peters Pride 17-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, outpaced well over 2f out, 7th of 15, 19l behind Conflictofinterest (11-2) at Ayr 2m nhf (3) gd in Apr.
Quinder Spring (FR) Chef de Clan II gelding out of Virginia Spring.
Roman History (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 13l behind Malinsa Blue (9-3) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Oct (Flat).
Sendali (FR) 33-1 (11-0) Held up, headway 3 out, driven and weakened approaching next, 6th of 11, 29l behind Sea Storm (11-0) at Wetherby 2m nov hdl (3) gf.
Signalman 13-8fav (10-12) Mid-division, not much room on bend 4f out, headway and edged left 2f out, chased winner approaching final furlong, one pace, 2nd of 16, 4l behind Prince Rhyddarch (10-3) at Newcastle 1m 4f amt hcp (6) hvy in Oct (Flat).
Spellchecker (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, every chance approaching 2 out, weakened and lost 4th place flat, 5th of 16, 10l behind Waterloo Road (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.