Official ratings suggests there is nothing between Barrakilla and PERSIAN SNOW. The former hasn't been beaten far at either Catterick or Exeter and should pick up a similar contest soon but there is probably also more to come from Philip Hobbs' gelding, who has his sights lowered a little and is much better than he showed when favourite for a handicap at Kempton last month - he gets the vote. Rio Milan has looked a little one-paced over hurdles but has a chasing pedigree and can't be ignored.
Barrakilla (IRE) 6-4fav (11-0) Chased leaders, mistake 4 out, pushed along and stayed on to 3rd 3 out, ridden and keeping on same pace when hung left under pressure before last, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Hi George (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f beg chs (4) gd.
Persian Snow (IRE) 3-1fav (11-8) Tracked leaders in 5th, pushed along before 11th, weakened approaching next, poor 5th last, 5th of 7, 30l behind Giorgio Quercus (11-7) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Rio Milan (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Led, not fluent 7th, ridden after 3 out, headed approaching last, weakened flat, 4th of 12, 9l behind Wuff (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) hvy.