A winner over fences last season, JEPECK (NAP) made his hurdling debut at Bangor earlier in the week when returning a wide-margin winner. That was his first start since March so further improvement is likely and Anthony Honeyball’s charge is weighted to beat Danboru. The latter reverts to hurdling after running well over fences at Aintree last time while The Mulcair has joined Dan Skelton’s yard having won a point-to-point in Ireland back in April and debuts under Rules. Eclair On Line is another winner between the flags but faded badly on his hurdling bow and the remaining pair look best watched for now.
Danboru (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Held up in last pair, mistake 7th, closer tracking leaders after 11th, plugged on in 4th from 3 out, 4th of 9, 7 1/4l behind Plan Of Attack (11-5) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Jepeck (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) Made all, jumped right at times, ridden clear approaching last, won at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 7f (4) hvy in Nov beating Dino Boy (10-12) by 19l, 4 ran.
Eclair On Line (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Held up in 4th, lost place and not much room 8th, effort normal 3 out, mistake and weakened next, 5th of 11, 24 1/2l behind Jatiluwih (12-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f (4) gs in Oct.
The Mulcair (IRE) 5-1 (12-2) Twrds rr, 3rd 1/2way, 4l 3rd 4out, cl 2nd 2out when lft clr, qckn clr bef last, sow, won at Moira 3m mdn sft in Apr beating Big Leg Up (12-2) by shd, 6 ran.
Witham 150-1 (10-9) Slowly into stride, behind and mistakes, tailed off 7th, pulled up before 3 out, at Fakenham 2m 4f (3) gs in Feb.
Levasseur 20-1 (11-0) Prominent, lost place halfway briefly, ridden and weakened after 2 out, 7th of 10, 30 3/4l behind Winter Getaway (10-7) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn (4) sft in Oct.