Spiculas has a NH pedigree and his yard won this last year. But he lacks experience so we'll take JOHN REEL to step up on his third at Uttoxeter and land this. He would have finished closer that day had he not lost his rhythm after blundering three out. Bumper winner Make Me A Fortune has to be interesting with McCoy taking the ride but No No Charlie was very disappointing on his hurdling debut at Huntingdon. Winning pointer Ballyhooley Boy will do better when tackling fences while Lotus Pond may need more time.
Ballyhooley Boy (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, headway 2f out, led entering final furlong, kept on well, won at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar beating Fling Me (10-11) by 3l, 7 ran.
Emral Silk 25-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders before 5f out, every chance before 2 out, one pace in 3rd before last, 3rd of 14, 10l behind Five In A Row (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
John Reel (FR) 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, in 3rd when blundered 3 out, ridden before last, kept on, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Little Pop (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Oct.
Lotus Pond (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Mid-division on inside, took keen hold, pushed along over 5f out, soon lost place, well beaten over 3f out, last of 9, well behind Sealous Scout (11-3) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Make Me A Fortune (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Prominent, took keen hold, led after 1f, headed 14f out, led again 12f out, headed 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 11l behind Wadswick Court (10-11) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Oct.
Milan Of Hope (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Mid-division, no impression on leaders over 3f out, 6th of 14, 26l behind Mister Jones (11-1) at Hexham 2m NH flat (6) gf in Jun.
No No Charlie (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Held up in touch in chasing group, took keen hold, went 2nd from 2nd, mistake 5th, led 7th, headed after 3 out, soon weakened, mistake 2 out, 7th of 12, well behind Oscar Fortune (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Spiculas (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Alicia's Charm.