JONNY DELTA looks interesting in this as he ran a number of fair races on the Flat earlier this year and has already won an Ayr bumper under NH Rules. Jim Goldie's five-year-old gets the nod though it would be no surprise to see a good run from Buthelezi, a winner on the Flat for John Gosden. Lingfield runner-up Oscar Magic looks a better bet than June's Wetherby third Lifetime while Glyn Ceiriog was second at Uttoxeter before unseating her rider at Bangor and Nicky Richards' pair Bernardelli and Scarlet Fire should improve for the switch to hurdles.
Bernardelli (IRE) 11-4fav (10-7) Tracked leaders, went 3rd over 2f out, kept on same pace, lost 3rd place towards finish, 4th of 9, 16l behind Dante's Frolic (9-7) at Ayr 2m NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Buthelezi (USA) 9-1 (9-6) Pulled hard tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, hung left from over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 13l behind Mount Athos (9-10) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May (flat).
Celtic Abbey 10-1 (11-7) Held up, 9th halfway, headway into 5th 3f out, improved to 2nd 2f out, ridded and no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 10l behind Another Charm (11-0) at Galway 2m N H flat sft in Aug.
Classic Case (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, behind after 6th, 10th of 14, 41l behind Kings Lad (10-12) at Wincanton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs in Nov.
Jack Albert (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, weakened from 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 13, 42l behind Gymdoli (10-12) at Hexham 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Nov.
Jonny Delta 28-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway over 4f out, kept on same pace from over 2f out, 7th of 20, 13l behind Steps To Freedom (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f nat hunt flat Grade 2 (1) gd in Apr '11.
Lifetime (IRE) Evensfav (11-9) Led, went right 1st, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, well held when lost 2nd and mistake last, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Ritsi (10-5) at Wetherby 2m mdn clm hdl (5) hvy in Jun.
Oscar Magic (IRE) 85-40fav (10-12) Took keen hold, headway to 2nd approacing 4th, led after 4th, ridden and joined 2 out, soon headed, chased winner, outpaced before last, soon readily held, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Dunlough Bay (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.
Scarlet Fire (IRE) 11-8fav (11-1) Tracked leader, left in lead after about 3f, headed well over 4f out, one pace, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Yes Daddy (10-8) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Thatcherite (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Always behind, tailed off 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by War On (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Glyn Ceiriog 5-2 (10-2) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, close up when fell 5th, in a race won by Drum Valley (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Trumpet Voluntary (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, chased leaders on inside, pushed along over 2f out, hung left and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 5l behind Brimstone Hill (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep (flat).