The Henderson yard bids for a hat-trick of victories in this and Tradewinds will be fit enough to do himself justice on his first start since April. But the hurdling debutant may find IRVING too good today. A multiple winner on the Flat in Germany, the latter left a good impression when scoring easily at Taunton on his hurdling bow and can defy a penalty to follow-up. Fond Memory faded quickly on his first start over timber at Stratford but still makes more appeal than points winner A Hare Breath while Hung Parliament was pulled-up on his hurdling bow last December and not been seen at the track since.
Irving 11-4 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd on bit 2 out, upsides last, quickened to lead soon after and came readily clear, eased near finish, won at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd beating Cup Final (10-12) by 4l, 13 ran.
A Hare Breath (IRE) 14-1 (12-0) Ww in rr, prog 3out, ld last, sow, won at Bennettsbridge 3m ire ptp in Feb beating Walk On Al (12-0) by 1 1/2l, 19 ran.
Fond Memory (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 3rd, not fluent next, ridden, hung right and lost place 6th, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Andy Kelly (10-10) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Freddy Q (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 11, 17l behind Harry Hunt (11-12) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct (flat).
Hung Parliament (FR) 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, struggling 5th, weakened 3 out, soon behind and pulled up, in a race won by River Maigue (11-0) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (2) hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Pullmen 66-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, effort before 2 out in 8th, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 45l behind Hannibal The Great (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Tradewinds (FR) 4-5fav (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, stayed on, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Meadowcroft Boy (10-12) at Ayr 2m nhf (2) gd in Apr.