Philip Hobbs had three entered up but relies on One Cool Scorpion, who only just scraped home in a Newton Abbot bumper in June but should be much better over hurdles. Flying Angel won easily on his hurdling debut at Worcester and could be anything, though now has a penalty to overcome. DEFINITE OUTCOME only weakened approaching the last in the Grade 2 Persian War at Chepstow on his introduction to hurdles. With that experience under his belt, he should be ready to open his account and is much preferred to Just Georgie and Echo Springs.
Flying Angel (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, effort and left 2nd from 3 out, led last, drew clear flat, easily, won at Worcester 2m 4f (4) gd in Oct beating Cloudy Joker (10-12) by 7l, 9 ran.
Definite Outcome (IRE) 3-1fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, led 4 out, headed 2 out, ridden before last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 6, 6 1/4l behind Roadie Joe (11-4) at Chepstow 2m 3f (1) gd in Oct.
Echo Springs 17-2 (11-0) With leader, led 2nd, headed 2 out, soon one pace, no chance with front trio from last, 4th of 7, 20 3/4l behind Perform (11-0) at Aintree 2m 4f mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Fionn Mac Cul (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Tr ldrs on inner, cl up 3out, eff 2out, no ex bef last, 3rd of 13, 5 1/2l behind Born Survivor (11-9) at Ballymena 3m mdn gs in Apr.
Just Georgie 4-1fav (11-0) Tracked leader, carried right 4th, led 4 out, hard pressed before last, ridden and headed flat, no extra, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Big River (11-0) at Kelso 2m mdn (4) gd in Oct.
One Cool Scorpion (IRE) 3-1fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, challenged over 2f out, led narrowly over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f (5) gs in May beating Bindon Mill (11-0) by nk, 12 ran.