It's perplexing that John Carr sends Gorgeous Annie over the water from Ireland after some unsatisfactory performances over shorter trips. It is hard to fancy her on a first jumps start but any market movement in her favour would be notable. Henry Havelock was three places in front of Acol at Kelso last time out and it's hard to see a reversal of that order home. Chris Grant trained the winner of the race last year and Henry Havelock has claims as he continues to develop his jumping. Magic Millie has reasonable flat ability and this will be a first runner over the jumps for David O'Meara. We'll watch her on this occasion but it will be interesting to see how she does. Ferdy Murphy knows how to get a winner in this sphere and Manxman has shown good flat efforts and if transferring that over the timber then he could be a danger to our selection as could Danceintothelight who also makes a debut over hurdles. BRING SWEETS is the pick for a trainer with a 36% strike-rate at the course. Although he has shown only moderate flat efforts, he has finished third in each of his two starts over timber and the trip and ground should also be suitable. Bring Sweets gets the vote.
Acol 20-1 (10-5) Chased leaders on outer and keen, jinked slightly approaching 4th, soon lost place, soon ridden and not fluent 5th, chased leaders next, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 42l behind Turf Trivia (11-5) at Kelso 2m juv hdl (4) gd.
Bring Sweets (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, not clear run on inside and switched left approaching 2 out, went 2nd last, no chance with winner, relegated to 3rd close home, 3rd of 15, 15l behind Dance For Julie (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f juv hdl (3) gd in Jul.
Crushing (IRE) 22-1 (8-2) Raced center, chased leading pair, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 16, 14l behind Micky P (9-1) at Leicester 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun (flat).
Danceintothelight 5-1 (8-3) Held up towards rear and keen, headway on outer over 7f out, ridden to challenge over 2f out, kept on same towards finish, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Royal Swain (9-11) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) sft (flat).
Green For Luck (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Soon led at strong pace, headed 3f out, soon driven along, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 13l behind State Fair (9-1) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug (flat).
Henry Havelock 16-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, soon settled into mid-division, reminders after 4th, disputing 4th and held when jumped right last, kept on to take 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Turf Trivia (11-5) at Kelso 2m juv hdl (4) gd.
Makbullet 12-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 9l behind Zubova (8-10) at Musselburgh 1m clm stks 0-70 (6) gd in Aug (flat).
Manxman (IRE) 9-4 (9-3) Made all, steadied pace 6f out, ridden and quickened over 2f out, found extra when joined inside final furlong, won at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Mar beating High On A Hill (9-3) by 3/4l, 9 ran (flat).
North Shadow 4-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 21l behind Gadobout Dancer (8-4) at Hamilton 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Aug (flat).
Red Barcelona (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, led 2nd, not fluent 6th, headed approaching 2 out, weakening when mistake last, 5th of 10, 30l behind Whipperway (10-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Always Roses 33-1 (10-5) Close up on outside, wandered 3rd, soon lost place, behind when bumped bend after 3rd, mistake next, no danger after, 6th of 12, 25l behind Joan D'Arc (10-5) at Huntingdon 2m juv hdl (4) gd.
Gorgeous Annie (IRE) 9-1 (9-9) Chased leaders in 5th, weakened early straight, 13th of 14, 28l behind Waydownsouth (8-11) at Killarney 1m 3yo hcp 47-65 gf in Aug (flat).
Magic Millie (IRE) 9-4fav (8-6) Led, headed 3f out, driven and kept on well final furlong, just held, 2nd of 7, nk behind Sharakti (8-10) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug (flat).
Venture Girl (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, weakened from 4 out, 6th of 10, 43l behind Pena Dorada (10-12) at Kelso 2m juv hdl (4) gd.