Timeform provide a runner-by-runner guide to an interesting novices' chase at Huntingdon...
Geneva Geyser completed the hat-trick over hurdles last summer and didn't need to be anywhere near best to get off the mark over fences last time, simple task. Remains open to improvement and one to consider
Houston Dynimo is a Flat and hurdles winner who duly followed suit over fences when scoring on debut at Worcester (2m) last month, for all the race fell apart somewhat. Conditions fine, and should be more to come
Tindaro is a novice hurdle winner who opened chase account at Fontwell (2¼m, Alfraamsey second) in August. Not quite so good when third behind Houston Dynimo latest, and may just come up short again here.
Akula appreciated the drop to a less-competitive handicap when scoring over timber in December, but below par next 2 jumps starts. Placed in 3 Flat runs this summer but others preferred on chase bow.
Christopher Wren was a useful stayer on Flat and won twice over hurdles late last year at Leicester. Below par since, not seeming to take to fences when making chase debut over this trip at Newton Abbot last time.
Eighteen Carat put up a career-best effort when runner-up over fences at Catterick (3¼m) in December. Crunching fall at Doncaster a fortnight later, and absent since, leaving Donald McCain in the interim.
Ontheslate is a maiden Irish point winner who was a fair third in Market Rasen bumper on debut in May. Modest form since, including in 3 starts over hurdles, and others preferred ahead of chase debut.
Tornade D'estruval was a winner over hurdles in France, and showed improved form to open account over fences at Uttoxeter (2m) in July on first start for new yard. Absent since, but may have more to offer and merits respect.
Alfraamsey was a juvenile hurdle hat-trick winner in 2011 and kept busy in both codes in summer, winning on Flat 3 times. Below chase debut form when behind Tindaro next time, but chance with 4-y-o allowance
Baharat won twice on Flat in 2011 for Jeremy Noseda, but below par in that sphere of late. Well beaten over hurdles when last seen in this sphere at Warwick in March, and opposable on chase debut.
2. Houston Dynimo
3. Tornade D'estruval
Timeform View: Alfraamsey has been freshened up since a below-par effort over fences last time, and with his 4-y-o allowance, he gets the nod. Houston Dynimo, Tornade d'Estruval and Geneva Geyser are all capable of better and merit consideration, also.