O'TOOLE is the call with Bestofthebrownies and Bougoure the others of note. Philip Hobbs has always rated the nine-year-old and while he isn't quite as capable over chase fences as hurdles, his mark reflects that and with regular pilot Richard Johnson aboard, there are plenty of ticks in the right boxes. Bestofthebrownies has been campaigned over two miles in the past. He has exhibited form at this part of the season previously so the market is watched here. Bougoure looked to need the run first time out this season. Although a maiden over chase fences, a perusal of his form suggests that he has taken on some of the better Northern novices. Firthofforth has yet to finish in his last four starts. Polar Gunner probably acts better on much softer going than will be obtaining here. Gaelic Flight has performed well at lesser levels. King Troy was formerly campaigned in Ireland before joining Alan King. Our Jasper, who won back to back Novice chases in 2007 is probably best of the rest. O'Toole is our idea of the winner.
Which Pocket (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Always behind, 8th of 10, well behind Ellerslie George (10-10) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) frm.
Our Jasper 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, blundered badly 8th, soon weakened, last of 8, well behind Randwick Roar (11-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Feb.
O'Toole (IRE) 28-1 (10-13) Chased leaders on inside, driven and outpaced 3 out, weakened next, 12th of 16, 27l behind Katies Tuitor (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Sept.
Bougoure (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Held up, headway to join leader 10th, led before 3 out, hit last, soon headed and weakened, 4th of 8, 8l behind My Turn Now (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov chs (2) gd in Sept.
Bestofthebrownies (IRE) 4-1jt-fav (11-11) Behind, headway 4 out, effort next, no impression approaching last, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Ormello (11-12) at Perth 2m hcp chs 0-120 (3) gf in May.
King Troy (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway to 6th after 3 out, ridden in close 5th when fell 3 out in race won by Grapevine Sally (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 1f beg chs sft in Mar, 14 ran.
Firth Of Forth (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) In touch, reminders 9th, soon struggling, tailed off when pulled up at the last in race won by BallaBriggs (11-0) at Bangor 3m beg chs (4) sft in Mar, 6 ran.
Gaelic Flight (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) In touch, lost place after 7th, slightly hampered 9th, progress going well after 10th, ridden after 2 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 11, 22l behind William Butler (10-8) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Jul.
Polar Gunner 28-1 (11-2) Pressed leader to 4th, remained in touch, lost place 7th, weakened 3 out, 8th of 9, 36l behind Asudo (11-0) at Perth 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Sept.
Oso Magic 6-1 (10-4) Held up, ridden 4 out, never dangerous, 4th of 8, 12l behind Randwick Roar (11-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Feb.
Moor Spirit 25-1 (11-9) In touch, outpaced 4 out, 5th of 14, 28l behind Golden Feather (11-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Sept.