Recession Proof looked a potential star novice hurdler in the 2010/11 season but hasn't run since the Supreme Novices' at Cheltenham more than two years ago. Richard Fahey is striking while the iron is hot with Nashville, who ground down the opposition for a comfortable victory at Catterick on Wednesday. A 6lb penalty shouldn't prevent another big run but this could prove tough as there are several front-runners entered, including the three-year-olds Nateeja and Miss Tiger Lily. Stablemates Tijori and Filatore fought a battle at Chepstow and the latter may have enough in the locker to reverse the form while Gabrial's King stays the trip well and will be going on at the finish. SWINGING HAWK beat the latter over 1m5f here in May and stays this trip well enough. This will be just his fourth start of the campaign and he should be fit and fresh enough to take this for Ian Williams.
Villa Royale 7-1 (10-0) Held up, headway over 3f out, ridden and kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 8l behind Zenafire (9-1) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Recession Proof (FR) 18-1 (8-12) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, 10th of 16, 7l behind Kansai Spirit (9-2) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep '10.
Gabrial's King (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Held up towards rear, stayed on from over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 11, 9l behind Eshtyaaq (8-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
L Frank Baum (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Led, headed 8f out, kept on same from over 1f out, 7th of 11, 11l behind Eshtyaaq (8-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Swinging Hawk (GER) 11-2 (9-8) Slowly away, in rear, ridden in 5th 2f out, went modest 4th final furlong, no impression, 4th of 9, 6l behind Lemon Pearl (9-0) at Chester 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs.
Nashville (IRE) 7-2 (9-13) Tracked leader, with leader 6f out, led over 4f out, clear over 3f out, eased towards finish, won at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Danceintothelight (8-12) by 6l, 7 ran.
Filatore (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, lost 2nd pace towards finish, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Eshtyaaq (8-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Eshtyaaq 16-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd over 2f out, led 2f out, soon headed, weakened and lost 2 places towards finish, 4th of 7, 8l behind Shwaiman (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Tijori (IRE) 3-1 (8-12) In touch, headway 3f out, ridden to lead entering final 2f, asserted near finish, won at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul beating Filatore (9-4) by nk, 6 ran.
Nateeja (IRE) 5-2 (9-5) Soon led, steadied pace 7f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, rallied and every chance over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Alwilda (9-5) at Sandown 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul.
Miss Tiger Lily 6-1 (9-6) Led over 1f, tracked winner, pushed along 3f out, switched right approaching final 2f, no impression when lost 2nd well over 1f out, weakened to 4th final furlong, 4th of 6, 5l behind Pearl Spice (9-3) at Kempton 2m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Uncle Bernie (IRE) 3-1 (8-11) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, not able to reach winner, 2nd of 9, nk behind Lochiel (9-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.