Funny Star hasn't really sparkled since arriving in this country but may do better over fences. This looks much too sharp for Annacotty, though he was sent off favourite for a decent handicap at Chepstow on his reappearance so had obviously been showing something at home. Red Riverman won at Ffos Las before finishing second at Huntingdon but that form may not be good enough to win this. THE ITALIAN YOB didn't get home over 2m4f in a Listed handicap over hurdles at Sandown in March but at least finished the course, unlike Barrakilla who was pulled up. This is more his trip and, as he looks a real chasing type, is given the chance to open his account over the larger obstacles today as Flaming Charmer could be aiming a little too high in this grade.
Funny Star 6-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway before 8th, pushed along after 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 10, 24l behind Orsippus (11-7) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-155 (2) gd in Apr.
Barrakilla (IRE) 9-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway and well in touch 3rd, chased leaders soon after 3 out, weakened quickly before pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Close Touch (11-6) at Sandown 2m 4f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4-7yo) (1) hvy in Mar, 16 ran.
Annacotty (IRE) 2-1fav (10-11) Tracked winner until 6th, hit 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 20l behind Pantxoa (11-5) at Chepstow 3m Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (3) gd.
The Italian Yob (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 3rd, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 16, 41l behind Close Touch (11-6) at Sandown 2m 4f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4-7yo) (1) hvy in Mar.
Red Riverman 15-8 (10-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 9th, ridden next, plugged on, hit 2 out, 2nd of 5, 20l behind My Brother Sylvest (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) gd.
Flaming Charmer (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway 6th, hit next, weakened approaching 2 out, 10th of 19, 25l behind Fleet Dawn (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in Mar.