Kayfrou followed up his victory at Newton Abbot with a second at Wincanton but is up in distance again here. WELL METT has been frustrating to follow but stays well and is suited by good ground. He's been raised 3lb since finishing second at Huntingdon but Timmy Murphy should find plenty of cover in this big field and can pounce late to land the spoils. Towcester third Vinnie's Girl should be in the firing-line again while it would be no surprise to see Hatters River run well on his return to action and Finmerello also has place claims.
Well Mett (IRE) 11-4 (10-11) With leader, led 5th, ridden when not fluent 3 out, jumped left, not fluent and bumped next, headed last, edged left and held towards finish, 2nd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Genstone Trail (10-13) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Molly Oscar (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Mid-division, ridden approaching 6th, stayed on from 2 out, went 4th last, nearest finish, 4th of 13, 6l behind Petrarchick (9-8) at Bangor 2m 4f mares nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Hatters River (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) In rear, ridden 3 out, kept on flat, never on terms, 5th of 8, 14l behind Captain Sunshine (11-1) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Kayfrou 11-1 (10-12) In touch, headway to 3rd 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, kept on flat, never any chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Giveitachance (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Starlight Air 40-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, went modest 4th before 2 out, 4th of 10, 38l behind Giveitachance (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Finmerello 11-2fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, mistake 6th, ridden 2 out, one pace flat, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Petrarchick (9-8) at Bangor 2m 4f mares nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Orion Express 16-1 (10-9) Held up behind, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Pericoloso (11-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Oct, 7 ran.
Midnight Lira 6-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, lost place before 6th, pushed along and struggling before 8th, stayed on to modest 5th before last, 5th of 10, 38l behind Giveitachance (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Will If I Want (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Held up, headway after 7th, led after 8th, headed well before 2 out, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Wilde Ruby (11-1) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jun.
Typhon De Guye (FR) 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, weakened from 3 out, left remote 4th last, never dangerous, 4th of 10, well behind Provo (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Dark Oasis 20-1 (10-7) Led, soon 5 lengthes clear, headed approaching 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, well behind Elegant Olive (11-3) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.
Vinnie's Girl (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Keen early, soon pressed leader, wandered 3rd, driven to lead after 3 out, headed next, kept on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Thoresby (11-2) at Towcester 2m 5f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-105) (3yo+) (4) gf in Oct.
Obscurity (IRE) 28-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 10, 47l behind Boomtown (9-10) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Dolzago 7-1 (11-3) Not always fluent, mostly tracked leader, challenge 2 out, led last, driven out, won at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (5) gs in Nov '05 beating Silistra (10-0) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Dalrymple (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway 7th, outpaced before 2 out, soon beaten, mistake last, 4th of 12, 27l behind Romney Marsh (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jun.
Aureate 33-1 (10-8) Towards rear, ridden after 4th, mistake next, stayed on from 2 out, went 4th when mistake last, never on terms, 4th of 17, 25l behind Tresor De Bontee (11-4) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.