Mumbles Pier deserves to get his head in front having been placed in each of his last three starts and Peter Bowen's gelding should be thereabouts again but the four-year-old may have to settle for a place again behind HINTSNALLEGATIONS, who gets the verdict ahead of another Irish raider, Pengana. The last mentioned followed up his success at Down Royal with a decent effort when taking a novices' hurdle at Perth in July and was not disgraced in a decent contest at Bellewstown subsequently. He rates a bigger threat than Martin Todhunter's recent Sedgefield winner Word Of Warning, who has to be give weight away all round. Humble Ben was good value for his win at Uttoxeter when last seen in July but this looks tougher under his penalty. Oliver McKiernan's Happy New Year ran well on his only start in a Killarney bumper in April and could be of interest on his first start over hurdles but more solid claims are held by Hintsnallegations, who gets the vote. Michael Murphy's gelding ran well in bumpers before making a winning debut over timber when landing a novice hurdle at Tipperary in June. Not disgraced in two subsequent starts, latterly behind Hot Oscar in a decent event at Cork, the six-year-old looks the one to be on.
Word of Warning 15-8 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway 7th, chased leader after 3 out, led last, stayed on flat, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug beating Desert Soul (10-9) by 4l, 8 ran.
Hintsnallegations (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 7th after 4 out, no extra before straight, kept on one pace, 7th of 21, 20l behind Hot Oscar (11-2) at Cork 3m hdl gd in Aug.
Humbel Ben (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Chased leader approaching 2nd, led before 7th, not fluent 9th, edged left flat, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Jul beating Stomers Cross (11-0) by 3l, 10 ran.
Pengana (IRE) 4-11fav (10-12) Led, headed 4th, led again approaching 2 out, soon clear, won at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul beating Papadopoli (10-3) by 7l, 9 ran.
Ministerofinterior 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, challenged after 6th, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, weakened from next, 5th of 14, 12l behind Captain Crackers (10-12) at Southwell 2m 5f nov sell hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Castlemaine Vic (IRE) 66-1 (11-3) Held up, behind from 6th, 6th of 8, 32l behind Sir Harry Ormesher (11-13) at Warwick 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Feb '08.
Felix Rex (GER) 25-1 (11-7) Always in rear,, 9th of 11, 32l behind Picabo Kid (10-6) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May '08.
Happy New Year (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, good headway to go 2nd 4f out, no extra from under 2f out, weakened final furlong, 2nd of 14, 14l behind The Book Thief (11-11) at Kilbeggan 2m 5yo nhf gs in Apr.
Return To Glory (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Mid-division, lost place after 4th, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind War Party (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Aug.
Bocciani (GER) 16-1 (10-13) Chased leader, mistake 4th, weakened after last, 5th of 7, 29l behind Rockys Choice (10-7) at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Aug.
Kaftan Lad 40-1 (10-6) In rear, weakened from 6th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by High Gales (11-0) at Stratford 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gd in Jul, 13 ran.
Mumbles Pier (IRE) 15-2 (10-9) Led, headed 3 out, one pace when mistake 2 out, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Billie Magern (11-3) at Stratford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (3) gf in Aug.
Pocket Park 8-1 (10-7) 3rd of 12, 3l behind Nothingtoloose (10-1) at Cottenham 2m 4f ptp in Mar.
Sir Billy Nick 200-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, mistake 3rd, behind from 5th, mistake next, last of 15, well behind Danetime Panther (11-5) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Dot's Delight 20-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway under pressure over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 5l behind Looks The Business (9-5) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-55 (6) fm in Aug (flat).
Miss Zigzag 50-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, keen early, weakened 3 out, 7th of 10, well behind Hi Tide (10-12) at Southwell 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.