It will be a surprise if there isn't more to come from Avoca Promise over the larger obstacles after just a couple of runs last winter. But he could be up against a potentially decent novice here in FOUNDRY SQUARE, who won over hurdles here last year but has always looked a chaser in the making. Dannanceys Hill was placed in all three starts over fences last season and should have no trouble winning an ordinary novices event this time around while Bracken House has been fair form over hurdles lately and could still have some scope.
Avoca Promise (IRE) 85-40 (11-0) Held up in touch in last pair, not always fluent, closed after 3 out, ridden next, one pace, 4th of 5, 16l behind Gallox Bridge (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 2f nov chs 0-125 (4) sft in Feb.
Bracken House (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Pressed leader, led 4 out, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 14, 27l behind Harangue (10-13) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Cumbrian Farmer 200-1 (10-5) Held up behind, struggling 6th, never dangerous, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Maggio (11-5) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Dannanceys Hill (IRE) 2-1 (11-7) Held up in 4th, not fluent 3rd, outpaced 4 out, left 15 lengths 3rd 3 out, closed from 2 out, went 2nd soon after last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 4, 9l behind Rapidolyte De Ladalka (11-6) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Feb.
Foundry Square (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened from 3 out, 6th of 9, 39l behind Cowards Close (11-0) at Exeter 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Apr.
Glen Lord 12-1 (11-9) Held up, took keen hold, headway 8th, went 2nd 10th, not fluent 11th or 13th, outpaced when not fluent 3 out, 5th and weakening when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Digg Whitaker (11-5) at Kelso 3m 2f nov hts chs (5) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
Reef Dancer (IRE) 10-1 (12-5) Prom; led 3 out til hdd nxt; sn wknd, 4th of 12, 12l behind Volo Mio (12-5) at Braes of Derwent 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Winged Farasi 16-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, reminder after 2nd, outpaced from 9th, stayed final 100 yards, went 3rd close home, no chance with winner, 3rd of 6, 13l behind Valleyofmilan (11-9) at Cartmel 2m 5f beg chs (4) gf in Jul.