MOON INDIGO was very useful on the flat when earning a rating as high as 96 at his best and, while beaten on his hurdling debut at Hexham last month, it was still a promising debut that he put up so can build on that and go one better here. Alan King's Bless The Wings has shown ability in three runs in bumpers and has to be considered first time up over hurdles, while Paul Webber's Icy Colt may struggle under the penalty for his course and distance success last month. John Quinn's Classic Contours has run to a consistent level of form and should be thereabouts again, while Keith Reveley's Pegasus Prince will need to run better here than on the flat at Catterick recently.
Dark Ranger 33-1 (10-12) Always in rear, lost touch 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Clerk's Choice (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Icy Colt (ARG) 9-2 (10-5) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders 6th, led 7th, ridden approaching and mistake last, kept on well, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Montoya's Son (11-5) by 4 1/2l, 12 ran.
Belmore Baron 28-1 (10-7) With winner when wandered, refused and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Jurisdiction (11-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd, 16 ran.
Bless The Wings (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) In touch, one pace final 2f, 4th of 13, 10l behind Rock On Ruby (11-9) at Newbury 2m NH flat (5) gs in Mar.
Classic Contours (USA) 5-2fav (10-11) Disputed lead until after 3 out, ridden and one pace from next, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Sir Frank (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Exotic Man (FR) 20-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders and keen, led after 6f, headed approaching 3f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 10, 40l behind Rocking Blues (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Kingman Reef (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, always towards rear, tailed off, 9th of 15, well behind Rif (10-12) at Towcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Mind Shower (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Set steady pace, made most to 7th, lost place 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Cue Card (10-12) at Aintree 2m 4f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs in Oct.
Moon Indigo 7-4fav (10-11) Close up, not fluent 9th or 3 out, chased winner when stepped at 2 out, soon ridden, no impression approaching last, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Sunnyside (10-5) at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Pegasus Prince (USA) 7-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, pushed along after 5th, ridden approaching 2 out, kept on and no impression, 3rd of 14, 14l behind What A Riddle (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf in May.
Rationing (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 5f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 7, 31l behind Harsh But Fair (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf in Jul.
Smart Command (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, reminders halfway, tailed off over 5f out, last of 19, well behind Problema Tic (11-5) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (5) gd in May.
Tricky Tree (IRE) 17-2 (11-5) Held up, wide and headway 4 out, ridden next, not trouble leaders, 4th of 11, 12l behind Motarjm (11-8) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Under The Stars (IRE) Evens (12-0) Made all, went on easily 2out, sow, won at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp sft in Jun beating Hommage A Bach (12-0) by 4l, 15 ran.