Former Lennie Lungo inmate Triggerman can build on his Worcester reappearance and go well here, but VICO is likely to be plenty straight enough for his debut under rules and is preferred. Paul Nicholls does well at this track, and Vico, an Old Vic gelding, should relish this rain-softened ground. His dam was a winner over this trip over hurdles, and being from the family of 1985 Grand National winner Last Suspect, he looks sure to get plenty further in time. He'll be well schooled and can score first time. Triggerman was placed to win a bumper when with the Lungo stable and was then not seen until his first run for Philip Hobbs in a 2m 4f maiden hurdle at Worcester. He should be better for this slightly longer trip and some cut in the ground, so he is much respected. Midnight Appeal has been brought along patiently by Alan King and his future looks to lie over fences, although he could show more over the smaller obstacles now stepped up to this distance. Molanna View looks a real stayer in-the-making and would appear, from pedigree at least, to be the pick of Emma Lavelle's pair, while Holmwood Legend has laid the foundations for a win at some point, although he does have a bit to prove after last time. This can be victory for Vico.
Ansome 80-1 (10-12) In touch, lost place after 4th, weakened after 7th, 8th of 11, 42l behind Moleskin (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) hvy.
Ethiopia 50-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, ridden over 4f out, one pace from over 2f out, 7th of 17, 26l behind Shalone (10-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (5) gs in Jan '08.
Holmwood Legend 9-1 (10-7) Tracked winner, lost place 4 out, weakened next, soon tailed off, 3rd of 9, well behind Lord Generous (10-12) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Inside Dealer (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, one pace 2f out, 6th of 16, 7l behind Sherwani Wolf (11-4) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) sft.
Major Harry (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, every chance over 2f out, soon ridden, one pace after, 5th of 13, 16l behind Lush Life (10-13) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Midnight Appeal 12-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, chased leaders approaching 2 out, one pace, 4th of 15, 8l behind Dot's Delight (10-5) at Fontwell 2m 4f cond nov hdl 4yo+ (4) gs.
Molanna View (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Held up, ridden over 5f out, stayed on from over 2f out, 3rd of 16, 15l behind Bangkok Pete (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.
Triggerman 4-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, led approaching 2nd, headed 6th, still every chance 3 out, weakening when mistake last, 3rd of 13, 13l behind Emperor Concerto (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Vico (IRE) 4-7 (11-7) Stdy hdwy 11; led 2 out; drvn out, won at Woodford 3m ptp gd in Apr beating William Somers (12-0) by 1 3/4l, 16 ran.
Wray Castle (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) With leaders, hard ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 18, 17l behind Zazamix (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (6) sft in Jan.