An early blunder at Newbury on his chasing debut seemed to knock the stuffing out of ONE TRACK MIND. Warren Greatrex’ charge gets another chance in this given his superiority over timber having won the Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown back in April. Vintage Clouds has shown some promise over fences though was no match for Politologue when runner-up at Haydock. He still finished well ahead of Delusionofgrandeur while Work In Progress looks exactly that having found one too good at Kelso on his recent chasing debut.
Banny's Lad 14-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, struggling 4 out, 7th of 12, 21 1/4l behind Lyric Street (11-11) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Delusionofgrandeur (IRE) 9-2 (11-1) Led, not fluent 2nd, headed 4th, led again before 6th, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 5, 21 3/4l behind Aux Ptits Soins (11-1) at Kelso 2m 7f (3) gs in Dec.
Gully's Edge 4-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, outpaced before 4 out, no impression, 3rd of 6, 20 1/4l behind Calett Mad (10-8) at Newcastle 2m 7f hcp (3) sft in Nov.
Needless Shouting (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) In touch in mid-division, fell 3rd, at Catterick 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
One Track Mind (IRE) 15-8fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, blundered 1st, soon lost place in rear, reminder after 2nd, struggling from next, tailed off, last of 5, dist behind Clan Des Obeaux (10-7) at Newbury 2m 4f (1) gs in Nov.
Vintage Clouds (IRE) 5-2 (11-2) Led to 5th, remained close up, led again 6th, headed 4 out, one pace and no impression, 2nd of 5, 10l behind Politologue (11-2) at Haydock 2m 6f (2) sft in Nov.
Work In Progress (IRE) Evens (11-2) Led, not fluent 3rd, headed before not fluent next, chased winner after, mistake 11th, jumped right and not fluent 12th, hit 4 out, mistake and no impression 3 out, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Laissez Dire (10-8) at Catterick 2m 3f (4) gd in Nov.