SPEED MASTER made an impressive start to his hurdling career, winning eased down by seven lengths at Southwell. He has bags of scope and should follow up here getting 7lb from the hat-trick-seeking Kempton and Market Rasen winner Fennis Boy. Dj Milan won a Hereford bumper in August but faces a stiff task on his first start over timber and the other pair look to have little chance on what they've shown so far.
Fennis Boy (IRE) 5-6fav (11-5) Made most, mistake 3 out and briefly headed, ridden and mistake last, ridden out, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd beating Denton (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Speed Master (IRE) 4-9fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, led before 2 out, hard driven last, ran on well, won at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) gd beating Belle De Fontenay (10-5) by 7l, 5 ran.
Dj Milan (IRE) 11-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd over 5f out, led well over 1f out, idled in front, stayed on, won at Hereford 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) gd in Aug beating Truckers Benefit (11-1) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Minsky Mine (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Jumped slow 1st and dropped to rear, hampered 4th, ridden and weakened 3 out, 4th of 6, 31l behind Fennis Boy (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Willow The Rose 150-1 (10-5) In rear, tailed off from 3rd, 9th of 11, well behind Cry Of Freedom (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.