Rocking Blues has fallen twice in six starts over hurdles and makes his debut over fences. Atlanta Falcon landed a handicap in this class at Worcester in July and if the ground has been on the quick side he would have had to be considered. SEEDSMAN has won a bumper and a handicap hurdle and has generally competed at a decent level so is taken to make a winning start to his chasing career. Kilmacowen looked a smart prospect when landing a Warwick novice hurdle last March but he was beaten a long way on his only start over fences. Coverholder completed a five-timer over timber earlier this year and looked on the way back at Carlisle last month but is making his chasing debut.
Kilmacowen (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside after 8th, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 17th of 20, 43l behind Trackmate (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Seedsman 6-4fav (11-6) Tracked leading pair, driven approaching 2 out, soon no chance with easy winner, stayed on to press for 2nd last, no extra flat, 3rd of 12, 20l behind Red Courtier (11-0) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Atlanta Falcon (IRE) 9-4 (11-5) Led to 1st, tracked winner, led before 4 out, ridden and headed last, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 3, 8l behind Carrigdhoun (10-6) at Kelso 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Sun Cloud (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) In rear, blundered 4th, headway before 12th, in 4th when fell 4 out, in a race won by Papamoa (10-8) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct, 9 ran.
Coverholder (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Led, jinked and reminders paddock bend after 3rd, ridden before and headed last, kept on and always well held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Upswing (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Oct.
Rocking Blues (FR) 17-2 (11-12) Held up mid-division, headway 5 out, every chance before 2 out, led narrowly before last, headed last, soon left in lead, headed run-in, no extra, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Finding Your Feet (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.