Hallings Comet was given a superb ride by Aidan Coleman to score at Worcester last month and the third, Drum Valley, franked the form at the same track on Saturday. He will probably try and make all the running again but MAKARI might prove too classy in the closing stages. Nicky Henderson's charge also likes to race up with the pace and impressed on his chasing bow at Uttoxeter. He beat Seventh Sky by 11 lengths without really coming off the bridle and a line through the second gives him the beating of the mare Fairyinthewind. It's A Gimme hasn't had much racing over the last couple of years but is useful on his day and could yet make a chaser. He's preferred to Mount Vesuvius of the others.
Hallings Comet 8-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, made all, 20 lengths ahead 5th, reduced lead next, dived at 7th, over 2 lengths clear last, kept on well run-in, unchallenged, won at Worcester 2m beg chase (4) gd in May beating One Lucky Lady (10-4) by 3 1/2l, 4 ran.
Makari 10-11fav (11-0) Made all, jumped right at times, clear 3 out, not fluent 2 out, easily, won at Uttoxeter 2m beg chase (4) gd in May beating Seventh Sky (11-0) by 11l, 5 ran.
It's A Gimme (IRE) 6-4fav (11-2) Not alwyas fluent, chased winner, closed before 4 out, soon ridden, beaten before last, 2nd of 3, 12l behind Valco De Touzaine (10-6) at Wetherby 2m (3) gs in Nov.
Mount Vesuvius (IRE) 9-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, ridden after 3 out, no impression from next, 8th of 12, 22l behind Tenby Jewel (11-6) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Fairyinthewind (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Raced wide tracking leading trio, went 3rd after 3 out, well held when stumbled last, kept on into 2nd run-in, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Grumeti (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nov chs (4) gd in May.