Key To The West only found The Italian Yob too good on his hurdling debut on heavy ground at Exeter and seems sure to be in the shake-up again. But SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR's first run over obstacles at Folkestone was too bad to be true considering he won all three of his starts in bumpers, including a Listed contest at Newbury in February. It will be a huge disappointment if Jonjo O'Neill's highly-rated gelding doesn't make amends here. The yard also run Josies Orders but he's not built on a second at Haydock in October while Mirific has had plenty of chances. Newcomer Bright Abbey has won twice on the Flat and looks best of the rest.
Bright Abbey 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 16, 13l behind Scottish Boogie (9-4) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct (flat).
Darlington County 9-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 10, 16l behind Even If (10-13) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy.
Diamond Tammy (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Mistake 2nd, behind most of way, 10th of 18, 50l behind Oscatara (10-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft.
Executive Strike 50-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, pushed along halfway, soon weakened, 7th of 9, well behind Halo Moon (11-0) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) sft.
Josies Orders (IRE) 15-2 (10-9) Mid-division until lost place after 4th, soon behind, tailed off, 15th of 18, well behind Oscatara (10-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft.
Key To The West (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Prominent, effort when outpaced 3 out, stayed on approaching last, kept on well closing stages, 2nd of 14, 2l behind The Italian Yob (10-9) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy.
Mirific (FR) 9-1 (10-5) Tracked leader before 2nd, led 4th, not fluent next, headed after 8th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 13, well behind Master Of The Sea (10-7) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Red Rosso 150-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, struggling halfway, soon beaten, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Grand Lahou (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Shutthefrontdoor (IRE) 1-4fav (11-0) Jumped left and not always fluent, tracked leaders, hampered 3 out, ridden after 2 out, one pace before last, 3rd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Explained (11-0) at Folkestone 2m 1f NH Maiden Hurdle (4-6yo) (5) sft in Nov.
Alistorm 25-1 (10-4) Behind final 10f, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Squire Trelawney (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.