PREDICTIVE, a course winner over hurdles, gets the nod. Although he got rid of his jockey at the eighth fence last time, he looks the sort to do well over fences this season and the testing ground is no issue at all. Negus De Beaumont is a fascinating contender; off 1006 days, it will be some training performance to get him ready to win this although he has plenty of ability. Moorlands Teri gets weight from the boys and she rates better than a reappearance run over hurdles at Aintree, whilst Don't Tell Nina is another to respect despite taking a tumble at Sedgefield earlier in the month.
Don't Tell Nina (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) In rear, in 6th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Benny Be Good (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs, 9 ran.
Gothic Charm (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Prominent, mistake 9th, reminder next, not much room when slipped bend approaching 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Backfromthecongo (11-9) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.
Negus de Beaumont (FR) 8-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, some headway 16th, soon weakened, pulled up before 20th, in a race won by Comply Or Die (11-12) at Newcastle 4m 1f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Feb '08, 18 ran.
Predictive (FR) 7-4fav (11-3) Led narrowly until hit and unseated rider 8th, in a race won by Adams Island (10-10) at Uttoxeter 3m beg chs (4) hvy, 6 ran.
The Client (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders and keen, pushed along after 9th, soon behind, tailed off after 9th, pulled up after 5 out, in a race won by Sweden (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f beg chs (5) gd in Oct, 8 ran.
Three Chords (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced 8th, soon weakened, last of 4, 44l behind Kilcrea Kim (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Moorlands Teri 7-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, lost place after 7th, behind when mistake next, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind The Shy Man (10-11) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.