Looking Hopeful has shown ability in bumper company but doesn't look a leading light of the Henderson team at present. He'll have his work cut out on his hurdling debut dealing with TURN OVER SIVOLA, a course winner here last May and only just run out of things on his Taunton seasonal reappearance when travelling like the best horse throughout the race. He sets a solid standard and is the one to beat. Good Boy Jackson has some fair Flat form to his name and has scope for improvement over timber whilst Invicta Lake will be a popular each-way shout for many. He is consistent if a little exposed but always seems to run his race and should be in the mix once again.
Turn Over Sivola (FR) Evensfav (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before
Capellini 25-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, mistake 3rd, lost place after 6th, soon behind, tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind Hayjack (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov '11.
Good Boy Jackson 50-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, lost place 5th, soon hampered and weakened, tailed off, 9th of 12, 40l behind Court Minstrel (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m mdn hdl (3) gs in Oct.
Invicta Lake (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Prominent, led 4th until after next, led again 3 out, headed before 2 out, stayed on same pace last, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Pendra (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft.
Looking Hopeful (IRE) 11-10fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, smooth headway over 3f out, ridden and effort on inside over 1f out, stayed on when not much room inside final furlong, held towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Salbatore (10-11) at Towcester 1m 5f mdn NH flat (6) gf in Oct.
Mon Desir (FR) 22-1 (10-9) Pulled hard towards rear, headway 3 out, led after next, headed last, kept on, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Tanerko Emery (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Planetoid (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Towards rear, tailed off 6th, 9th of 11, well behind The Romford Pele (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd.
Spirit of Xaar (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Always in rear, last of 11, 25l behind L'Hirondelle (9-0) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct (flat).