Three times a winner over hurdles, Alpha Victor has claims on official ratings but he refused and deposited his rider on the deck on his chasing bow at Doncaster. So this looks another good opportunity for SWATOW TYPHOON given he's won two of his three starts over fences. Donald McCain's charge landed the odds with the minimum of fuss at Ayr last time when Isaacstown fell and Harrys Whim had taken a tumble behind the selection at Newcastle earlier. Mondo Cane makes his debut under Rules and has his first start since finishing third in a point-to-point in 2012.
Swatow Typhoon (IRE) 4-6fav (11-7) Led to 6th, reminders 8th, led before 9th, left clear 4 out, blundered 3 out, driven out, won at Ayr 3m 1f nov chs (4) hvy beating Cherry's Bay (10-7) by well, 3 ran.
Alpha Victor (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Close up, weakened 3 out, behind well pulled up last, in a race won by Kaki De La Pree (10-6) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Isaacstown Lad (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge 3 out, soon every chance, fell next, in a race won by Swatow Typhoon (11-10) at Ayr 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar, 7 ran.
Mondo Cane (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Mid div, 6th halfway, left 3rd 3out,cont one pcd, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Pa Murphy (12-0) at Ballysteen 3m ire ptp gd in Apr '12.
Harrys Whim 40-1 (10-0) Disputed lead until fell 12th, in a race won by Swatow Typhoon (11-0) at Newcastle 3m beg chs (4) sft in Dec, 5 ran.