It took a while for POWERFUL AMBITION to get off the mark over hurdles but he's always looked a chaser in the making and gets his chance to make an immediate impact over the larger obstacles off a decent mark in this. My Mate Vinnie won at Towcester in May and looked to be coming back to form at Newton Abbot last month but Susquehanna River has gone up 6lb for winning in a lesser grade at Wetherby and will need to improve. Matrow's Lady won twice over hurdles last season but rather lost her way in the spring and may need this while Abbey Storm jumped poorly and was pulled up at Worcester last month.
Abbey Storm (IRE) 3-1 (11-6) Led, jumped right 3rd, jumped right and slowly next, went right and headed 5th, stayed 2nd, reminder 11th, weakened after 14th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Connectivity (11-6) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chs (4) gd in Sep, 4 ran.
Matrow's Lady (IRE) 11-4 (11-2) Tracked leaders, closed from 7th, ridden after 3 out, no impression on winner 2 out, no extra last, 3rd of 4, 15l behind Midnight Belle (10-1) at Warwick 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
Powerful Ambition (IRE) 4-9fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 7th, with leader 9th, led after 2 out, clear before last, easily, won at Hexham 3m nov hdl (4) gs in Apr beating Isla Pearl Fisher (10-12) by 12l, 8 ran.
Susquehanna River (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Made most, ridden before last, kept on and driven out towards finish, won at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs beating Dukeofchesterwood (10-0) by nk, 5 ran.
My Mate Vinnie (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Held up, took keen hold, jumped left and mistake 1st, headway 3rd, soon steadied, not fluent 7th, closed from 14th, chased winner after 4 out, driven before 2 out, switched left approaching last, switched right and no impression flat, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Western King (11-9) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Sep.
Samingarry (FR) 16-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, lost place after 4th, effort 7th, weakened before last, 7th of 11, 24l behind Scales (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.