Celestino has raced twice over hurdles in France and could prove popular having his first start for Paul Nicholls. But FINAL COUNTDOWN makes more appeal in this having finished second in both starts over timber including a good effort at Wetherby last time. A winner on the Flat at Beverley, Blue Atlantic makes his hurdling bow along with Zarawi, a half-brother to a hurdles and chase winner.
Berry De Carjac (FR) Epalo gelding out of Miria Galanda.
Blue Atlantic (USA) 7-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden and weakened 4f out, last of 6, well behind From Frost (9-7) at Southwell 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Jun (flat).
Celestino (FR) (10-3) 4th of 12, 13l behind Top Notch (10-10) at Enghien(FR) 2m 3yo hdl hvy in Apr.
Final Countdown 13-8fav (10-12) Chased leaders, not fluent 4th, every chance 3 out, no impression on winner flat, stayed on, 2nd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Relentless Pursuit (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct.
Zarawi (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Led and disputed, strongly pressed and joined 2f out, headed and dropped to 3rd 1f out, soon no impression, 4th of 7, 5l behind Resiliency (9-5) at Down Royal 1m 2f mdn stks gf in Jun (flat).
Lady Bubbles 28-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 1f out, faded entering final furlong, 7th of 12, 12l behind Zaeem (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-58 (6) in Oct (flat).