Rupert Bear seems sure to go well, especially having struck up a fine rapport with his amateur pilot whose 7lb claim will certainly aid the topweight's cause. The sole course and distance winner in the line-up, he is only narrowly passed over with preference for MOJOLIKA, who still receives weight from the aforementioned even allowing for that 7lb allowance. Tim Easterby's charge returned from an absence of over six months last time to post a really good effort when runner-up in a decent Doncaster novice handicap hurdle. With only five runs over timber to date, there should be more to come and a first hurdling success can come his way now. Bonnie Burnett is a consistent mare for Brian Rothwell and was still travelling well enough when coming to grief at Southwell last time. She has solid each-way claims.
Rupert Bear 5-2 (11-5) Led, ridden and headed before last, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Upswing (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Ballybroe (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leader to 3 out, driven and no impression in 3rd from next, 3rd of 14, 8l behind Supreme Asset (11-8) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Yorkist (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Tracke dleaders in 4th, every chance and upsides leader when fell 2 out, in a race won by Anna's Arch (11-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd, 10 ran.
Bonnie Burnett (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway before and going well when disputing 3rd and stmbled and fell 2 out, in a race won by Marino Prince (11-0) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy, 8 ran.
Mojolika 8-1 (11-2) In touch, headway 3 out, ridden to challenge and every chance between last 2, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Broctune Papa Gio (10-9) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Farm Pixie (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, lost place 6th, behind when not fluent 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Acordingtoscript (9-13) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Oct, 9 ran.
Kane River (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 14th of 15, well behind Woodpole Academy (11-0) at Newcastle 2m NH Maiden Hurdle (4-6yo) (5) hvy in Dec.
Blewit (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway on inside approaching 3 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened approaching last, 6th of 12, 27l behind Agricultural (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Scimon Templar (FR) 7-4fav (11-0) Tracked winner, switched outside before 8th, ridden after 3 out, soon lost place, weakening when mistake next, 7th of 12, well behind Grey Area (10-13) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.