PISGAH PIKE is entitled to be a warm order in this having chased home the odds-on Sangha River on his second hurdles start at Market Rasen when he was 13 lengths ahead of Decoration Of War. Nikgarde placed twice in bumpers at Newcastle last season and will have had plenty of schooling but it’s difficult to make a case for many of the others.
Ballyvictieres (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up, headway tracking leaders 6f out, pushed along when carried right on home turn, weakened inside final 3f, 7th of 8, 25 3/4l behind Lady Bowes (10-7) at Perth 2m (5) sft in Aug.
Be The Difference (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Tr ldrs, 3rd 1/2way, drpd to last aftr 3out, jnd ldr & rdn str, cl 2nd & ev ch when fell 2out, at Tinahely 3m mdn sft in Feb.
Bushypark (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up in last, not fluent 2nd, niggled along after 5th, weakened next, tailed off, last of 6, dist behind Black Kraken (10-11) at Cartmel 2m 1f (4) sft in Aug.
Crow Stone 100-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, held up on outside, headway 4th, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 7, 22 1/2l behind Endlessly (11-11) at Newcastle 2m (4) sft in Jan.
Decoration Of War (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, driven when not fluent 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on flat, almost grabbed 2nd, 3rd of 11, 1/4l behind Captain Tom Cat (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m (4) gd in Aug.
Flutter Down (FR) 50-1 (11-4) Towards rear, some headway before omitted 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 34 1/2l behind Black Pirate (11-10) at Kelso 2m (4) sft in Jan.
Myburg (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Close up, ridden 4f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 6, dist behind Emmarelli (10-5) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 1f (5) gd in Jul.
Nikgarde (FR) 7-1 (10-12) Chased leaders to over 4f out, soon behind, tailed off, 12th of 15, dist behind Kiriglote (10-12) at Catterick 2m (5) gs in Nov.
Ninepin Bowler 40-1 (11-0) Raced keenly tracking leaders, weakened after 3 out, 9th of 14, dist behind El Borracho (11-0) at Southwell 2m mdn (4) gd in Aug.
O'grady's Boy (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) No hdwy 15; wl bhnd when pu last, at Tabley 3m mdn gs in May.
Pass Rusher (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Not that fluent, always behind, tailed off, 9th of 10, dist behind Liffeydale Dreamer (10-5) at Cartmel 2m 6f (4) gs in Jul.
Pisgah Pike (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Keen, tracked leaders, 3rd at 5th, went 2nd after 3 out, ridden and stayed on run-in, always held, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Sangha River (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 1f (4) gd in Jul.
Saint Arvans (FR) 33-1 (11-2) Slight lead until 5f out, chased leaders, weakened over 3f out, 14th of 18, 26 1/2l behind Confirmation Bias (11-2) at Wincanton 1m 7f (5) gs in Nov.
Small Present (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) In touch, hit 4th, weakened 4 out, 9th of 14, dist behind Coconut Splash (11-5) at Wetherby 2m mdn (4) sft in Jan.
Sweet Flora (IRE) 80-1 (10-7) Always behind, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before next, at Southwell 2m 4f mdn (4) gd in Aug.