This is a fascinating contest and we will take a chance on FARNE ISLAND who can get the better of both Stagecoach Pearl and Kayf Commander. Trainer Mickey Hammond has his string in fair form at present and although his 6-year-old Farne Island has yet to win over hurdles, he has gone close twice. He ran quite well last time considering he got worked up before the off, and if there is no repeat in the preliminaries here then he might be capable of taking his chance. Stagecoach Pearl has been placed in three of his four starts over hurdles so he merits obvious consideration. He did disappoint last time but the soft ground may have been an excuse and under these more suitable conditions he might be capable of bouncing back to form. Kayf Commander has been in the prize money three times in six starts over hurdles and the tongue-tie which seemed to have a positive effect last time is again applied today. Whaston won a handicap at Ayr two runs ago on the flat and it will be interesting to see how he fares today on his hurdling bow. This is an open event and harrow preference is for Farne Island.
Abbey Express 66-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, weakened approaching 5th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Spirit of The Mist (11-0) at Perth 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul, 12 ran.
Farne Island 17-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, weakened after 2 out, 5th of 12, 22l behind Miss Ladybird (11-10) at Hereford 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf.
Fenwick Fogs Kayf Tara gelding out of Bellabaloo.
Kayf Commander 25-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, challenged after 3 out, driven and outpaced between last 2, 3rd and no extra when mistake last, 3rd of 11, 11l behind Overrule (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Maynooth Prince (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Overrule (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Mission Impossible 22-1 (9-9) Behind, outpaced 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 10, 11l behind Botham (10-0) at Hamilton 6f app hcp (6) gs in Aug (flat).
Roman History (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Mid-division, not fluent 1st, ridden after 5th, outpaced 3 out, stayed on same pace approaching last where mistake, no impression leaders, 4th of 14, 18l behind Sea Cove (10-8) at Sedgefield 2m 1f sell hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf in Aug.
San Silvestro (IRE) 9-2 (9-12) Held up, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon every chance, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Social Rhythm (9-0) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug (flat).
Stagecoach Pearl 4-1 (11-2) Led, hit 3 out, soon headed, weakened next, 8th of 14, 36l behind Time For Rupert (11-5) at Catterick 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Vogarth 66-1 (10-9) Keen early, in rear, lost touch after 3rd, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Zafar (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Whaston (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, no extra approaching final furlong, 7th of 11, 15l behind Wovoka (9-8) at Newcastle 1m clm stks (6) gf in Aug (flat).
Schindler's Dame (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Rear of mid-division, no impression before 4 out, 8th of 13, well behind Asigh Pearl (11-7) at Bellewstown 2m 1f mares mdn hdl sft in Aug.