Donald McCain has won two of the four renewals so point-to-point winner I Need Gold is expected to go well on his hurdling bow. But he has MYSTEREE to beat in this. The latter has gone close on a couple of subsequent occasions since winning at Perth in September and is preferred to Just Cameron, who also carries a penalty for his earlier win over hurdles at Bangor. Bumper winner Bhakti never figured on his hurdling bow back in May, but Lucky Cody has a more recent debut over timber under his belt and could make the frame.
Just Cameron 9-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden after 8th, soon lost place, weakening when not fluent 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Killala Quay (10-12) at Aintree 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jun.
Mysteree (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, every chance 2 out, soon chased winner, kept on and held run-in, 2nd of 14, 6l behind The Last Samuri (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Agesilas (FR) 150-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, weakened 4 out, 6th of 9, 37l behind Spirit Of Shankly (11-4) at Haydock 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) sft in Nov.
Battledancer 33-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 8th of 12, 33l behind Empiracle (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct '12.
Bhakti (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Led to 1st, tracked leader, led before 5 out, headed 4 out, weakened 2 out, 6th of 13, 25l behind Up For An Oscar (10-9) at Southwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Dream Flyer (IRE) Evens (12-2) Mid div, rdn 3out, cl up 2out, ko onepce, 4th of 10, 11l behind Charlie Swift (12-2) at Rathcannon 3m ire ptp gf in Sep.
I Need Gold (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Tracked winner, ridden 3f out, soon hung left, no impression from over 1f out, 2nd of 13, 10l behind Gunner Fifteen (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Jazz Man (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Close up, pecked 4th, reminders soon after, lost place 6th, weakened 3 out, 8th of 10, 45l behind Royal Regatta (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Lucky Cody (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) In touch, ridden and headway approaching 2 out, stayed on flat, 4th of 15, 14l behind Howaboutnow (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Mister Newby (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, not fluent 7th, well beaten after 4 out, tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind Thomas Crapper (10-9) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Moneymix 100-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, weakened before 4 out, tailed off before 3 out, 9th of 12, well behind My Lucky Flame (10-2) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Sir Harry Hotspur 14-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 5f out, weakened 4f out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Another Hero (10-13) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Top Chief 33-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway to dispute 4th 6th, pushed along and weakened before next, tailed off, 7th of 10, 35l behind Regal Encore (10-12) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Latest Fashion (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 7, 18l behind Mrs Peachey (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in May.