An interesting start to the card where ACCORDING TO DICK is taken to get off to a winning start over hurdles at the main expense of Penharold. The selection scored at the first time of asking under rules when running out the ready winner of a Cheltenham bumper last month. An expensive purchase earlier in the year, he looks sure to be suited by this extra couple of furlongs and he can continue to recoup some of the outlay by taking this. Penharold won a point earlier in the year and represents another top yard whose runners are always respected. Money for him would make him even more interesting but nonetheless we expect him to go well. Qualypso D'Allier is related to smart chaser Kandjar D'Allier and again, this trip should suit at this stage, as should the ground. He also cost a fair price at Cheltenham's sales in April and after a pointing win he looks more than capable of going well. It's a fair assumption that Victor Dartnall's Moleskin will improve for a tilt at the hurdles and with the yard having had a recent winner he could go well fresh. Award Winner has a Ludlow bumper win to his name and handles some cut in the ground, though he has to put behind him a dismal effort last time. The Alners have a good record at Exeter and despite three runners-up spots Vodka Brook looks decent and would be no surprise winner. Minella Theatre went went in Irish bumpers last term and Hen Knight has had all summer to get him used to her methods, so we could see a better effort than last time, but for today we'll follow the gospel According To Dick.
According To Dick (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, led over 1f out, ran on strongly inside final furlong, won at Cheltenham 2m nhf (4) gd in Oct beating Eighteenfifty (11-7) by 4 1/2l, 17 ran.
Alfatrix (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Behind when fell 5 out in race won by Shalone (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Oct, 13 ran.
Award Winner 7-1 (11-3) In touch, mistake 3 out, weakened soon after, behind when pulled up at the last in race won by Lupanar (10-7) at Folkestone 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Feb, 16 ran.
Blue Monty (IRE) Supreme Leader gelding out of winning hurdler Choice of Kings.
I'moncloudnine (IRE) 40-1 (11-1) Mid-division until weakened after 8th, 11th of 14, well behind Cresswell Ruby (10-10) at Exeter 2m 7f amt nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Minella Theatre (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, weakened over 3f out, 11th of 20, 46l behind Honest John (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f nhf Grd 2 (1) gd in Apr.
Moleskin (IRE) Evensfav (10-11) Mid-division, headway 7f out, effort over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 6l behind Beat The System (10-9) at Taunton 2m 1f nhf (5) gs in Apr.
My Moment (IRE) 11-8fav (11-1) Held up, steady headway over 5f out, led over 2f out, ridden and hung left entering straight, headed over 1f out, just denied, 2nd of 7, shd behind No Panic (11-1) at Hereford 2m 1f nhf (6) gd in Mar.
Ninety Nine Looks (IRE) 150-1 (10-5) Mid-division, no chance before 7th, tailed off, 9th of 15, well behind Diamond Harry (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Opus Cafe (FR) 7-1 (11-5) In touch, ridden and weakened approaching 4 out, tailed off and pulled up in race won by Alcatras (11-8) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Dec, 16 ran.
Penharold (IRE) (11-7) Won at Oldcastle 3m ire ptp sft in Mar beating Presenting Forever (11-7) by 2l, 9 ran.
Qualypso D'allier (FR) 5-1 (10-7) Led to 5 & 6-7; led 10; clr 3 out; easy, won at Cothelstone 2m 4f ptp in Apr beating Cassia Rose (11-0) by 25l, 8 ran.
Quiny Boy (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Prominent, ridden and weakened afer 3 out, 9th of 10, 49l behind Keki Buku (10-12) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Vamizi (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Prominent, ridden 5f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Seefin Mountain (10-10) at Wincanton 2m mdn nhf (5) gd in Mar.
Vasodilator (IRE) (12-0) Pulled up in race won by Answer Me (12-0) at Kinsale 3m ire ptp frm in May, 10 ran.
Vodka Brook (IRE) 8-11fav (11-2) Held up, headway 5f out, led well over 1f out, ridden final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 7, nk behind Alderluck (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f nhf (6) gs in Mar.
Bickwell 10-1 (11-7) Ur 3 unseated rider in race won by Castle Cazza (11-7) at Stafford Cross 3m ptp gd in Apr, 10 ran.
Supplementary (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Led, headed over 4f out, weakened quickly, 9th of 10, well behind Shali San (10-6) at Chepstow 2m mrs nhf (5) hvy in Feb.