Johny Scruff showed ability on his racecourse debut when chasing home Choctaw Nation in a Uttoxeter bumper last month but Mick Quinlan's gelding faces no easy task on his hurdling debut and this looks little more than a match between Golan Way and Sendani, with preference for the latter. Golan Way got the better of the selection when landing a course and distance novices' hurdle last month but a 5lb pull for the six lengths between the pair that day may be enough to see Sendani reverse that form and it is the Paul Nicholls inmate that gets the vote. Hugh Collingridge's Motarjm showed a reasonable amount of ability on the flat and made an encouraging debut over timber at Huntingdon back in October. Fit from the flat, the four-year-old has to be respected and has more solid claims than Noel Chance's bumper winner True Star, who needs to improve on all known form over hurdles to trouble the judge. This does not look the strongest of novices' hurdles and Sendani is taken to resume winning ways.
Golan Way 6-1 (11-0) Prominent, chased leader from 2nd, left in lead 5th, mistake 3 out, pressed after 3 out until 2 out, stayed on well, won at Stratford 2m nov hdl (3) gd in May beating Sendani (11-4) by 6l, 13 ran.
Sendani (FR) 7-4fav (11-4) Chased leading trio, jumped right and left 2nd 5th, every chance after 3 out, ridden after 2 out, found little, 2nd of 13, 6l behind Golan Way (11-0) at Stratford 2m nov hdl (3) gd in May.
January Man (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Always towards rear, 19th of 23, 12l behind Danetime Lily (9-8) at Navan 5f app hcp 0-60 gf in Oct (Flat).
True Star (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Mistakes, always behind, tailed off, 6th of 10, 47l behind Deep Purple (10-12) at Stratford 2m nov hdl (3) gd in May '07.
Frankly Fantastic 50-1 (10-7) Held up, jumped left and not fluent 1st, headway approaching 4th, behind from next, tailed off and pulled up 2 out in race won by Adroit Approach (10-13) at Worcester 2m 4f nov hdl (4) sft in Apr, 7 ran.
Global Guest 80-1 (8-9) Always behind, 10th of 11, 13l behind Metropolitan Chief (8-9) at W'hampton 7f 3yo hcp (6) pol in Sept (Flat).
Johny Scruff (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, steady headway from 6f out, every chance 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 15, 8l behind Choctaw Nation (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn nhf (6) gf in May.
Kingoftheswingers (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Always behind, 9th of 12, well behind Green Prospect (10-13) at N Abbot 2m 3f clm hdl (5) gf in May.
Motarjm (USA) 13-2 (10-12) Chased leaders, ridden to chase winner 2 out, no extra flat, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Peredur (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Night Reveller (IRE) 200-1 (10-11) Always behind, struggling half way, tailed off when pulled up 2 out in race won by Delayed Approach (11-0) at Southwell 2m 5f mrs mdn hdl (5) gd, 13 ran.