Minaad, Nez Rouge and I'm The Decider are three against the field in this competitive affair and the vote is given to Minaad. The selection won well on his debut when beating Armenian Boy, that form looks solid and with improvement likely he is taken to win again. Nez Rouge rates the main danger as he beat White Oak last time out.However he was all out on that occasion and although he looks sure to improve for the run he has a little to find. I'm The Decider was third behind Kiki Buku on his debut in a bumper. He is sure to improve for hurdles and this step up in trip and he should be watched in the market. Of the remainder Ben Tirran has shown promise in two starts to date and should be watched in the market but for the winner we return to Minaad.
Minaad (GER) 25-1 (10-12) Prominent, led approaching 5th, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, rallied and led last, driven out flat, won at Fontwell 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gf in Oct beating Armenian Boy (11-5) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Nez Rouge (FR) 11-4 (10-7) Always prominent, led after 3 out, ridden and headed 2 out, stayed on flat to lead near finish, won at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Whiteoak (10-5) by a shd, 10 ran.
Ben Tirran 11-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders until pushed along and lost place halfway, no danger after, 7th of 13, 34l behind Corkage (11-1) at Hexham 2m nhf (6) gf in Oct.
Chateau (IRE) 66-1 (10-8) In touch, mistake 5th, outpaced 3 out, beaten when fell in race won by Rowdy Yeats (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd in Sept, 15 ran.
Clevermansam 66-1 (10-7) Always in rear, mistake 5th, ridden next, weakened 7th, behind when pulled up 4 out in race won by Thehonourablelady (10-5) at Fakenham 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 7 ran.
Finnegans Rainbow 33-1 (10-5) Mistake 2nd, soon behind, 8th of 13, 49l behind Sayago (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
McGarry's Lane (IRE) 18-1 (10-12) In touch, reminder after 2nd, weakened approaching 5th, tailed off when pulled up at the last in race won by Nez Rouge (10-7) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 10 ran.
My Friend Paul 33-1 (11-0) Always behind, 9th of 12, well behind Barton Belle (10-11) at Southwell 2m 1f nhf (6) gd in Jun '06.
Sion Hill (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, one pace, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Silver Hotspur (8-13) at W'hampton 7f Stks (41-45) (7) pol (Flat).
True (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Towards rear, pushed along and headway over 6f out, weakened 2f out, 12th of 15, 24l behind Ha'penny Beacon (9-7) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Oct (Flat).
I'm The Decider (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Held up, headway over 6f out, hung left inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 15, 4l behind Keki Buku (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m nhf (6) sft in Oct.
Jazrawy 6-1 (9-2) Tracked winner, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 10, 11l behind Mahmjra (8-3) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Mar (Flat).