Bow Badger will have learned plenty from four bumper runs and looks interesting on this hurdling debut but preference is for YOU KNOW YOURSELF. The selection ran well enough when runner-up on his hurdling debut at Uttoxeter recently and can build on that here. This stiffish two miles or so plus cut in the ground will help make full use of his stamina and he can score. The Portonion has clearly not been easy to train but presumably connections must feel that he has ability, having persevered with him, and money for the gelding, who should act with cut, would be interesting. Orlittlebylittle is another to check out in the market after an educational bumper debut in the summer.
Bow Badger 4-1fav (10-10) Held up in touch, chased leaders 4f out, ridden 2f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 17, 10l behind Seren Rouge (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Chapolimoss (FR) 13-2 (10-12) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway when bumped 7th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 10, well behind Prescelli (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Isitcozimcool (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Always behind, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Al Qeddaaf (11-0) at Hexham 2m mdn hdl (4) gs.
Orlittlebylittle 12-1 (10-10) Mid-division, pushed along over 6f out, struggling 4f out, 7th of 11, 34l behind Seam Of Diamonds (10-6) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gf in Jun.
Ouest Eclair (FR) 50-1 (11-1) Behind, hit 3rd, reminder 5th, never dangerous, tailed off 2 out, 11th of 14, well behind Soft Spoken Guy (11-5) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Peachey Moment (USA) 100-1 (10-9) Tracked leader until 9th, ridden and weakened 3 out, landed awkwardly 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Theatrical Moment (11-2) at Leicester 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd in Dec, 8 ran.
Sammy Pat (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders on outside, mistake 6th, pushed along after 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Knar Mardy (10-8) at Wetherby 2m 6f sll hdl (5) gd in Jun.
Stormion (IRE) 80-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 6th of 16, 46l behind Saveiro (11-0) at Kelso 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
The Portonion (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Held up, effort 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 10, 28l behind Premier Sagas (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
You Know Yourself (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway after 5th, not fluent 2 out, stayed on to take 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 16, 10l behind Ackertac (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Izzy Bella 100-1 (10-2) Towards rear, never dangerous, 12th of 15, well behind Solway Sam (11-0) at Perth 2m NH mdn hdl (4) gs in Apr.