A potentially informative beginners' chase as a few of these have the potential to make a name for themselves over the larger obstacles. ROCKY CREEK beat Gullinbursti in a Grade 2 novices' hurdle at Doncaster in January and, though the latter is 4lb better off as they clash over fences, Paul Nicholls' lightly-raced gelding is expected to come out on top today and land this. Harry Topper could be a very interesting rival, however, as he also finished ahead of a Gullinbursti in the Grade 1 Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree in April and has always looked the type to do well at the chasing game. Thehillofuisneach was a bit more exposed than some of these over hurdles and was a long way behind Harry Topper at Haydock in February but he could still play a part if fully wound-up but formerly useful pointer Wayward Frolic returns form a lengthy absence.
Agapanthus (GER) 14-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, every chance 3 out, mistake when weakening next, 7th of 10, 25l behind Dormouse (11-4) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Nov.
Bobbits Way 33-1 (10-8) Last pair, ridden after 4th, soon struggling, tailed off and pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Cinevator (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr, 11 ran.
Calon Crwbin 6-4fav (11-5) In touch, went 2nd after 7th, led and not fluent 3 out, clear approaching 2 out, mistake last, easily, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep '10 beating Black Annie (10-12) by 29l, 13 ran.
Gullinbursti (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Prominent, hampered 4th, led next, headed 10th, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 10th of 19, well behind Lovcen (11-4) at Aintree 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Apr.
Harry Topper 10-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, not much room on bend after 1st, mistakes 2nd and 3rd, headway after 10th, weakened approaching 3 out, 7th of 19, 35l behind Lovcen (11-4) at Aintree 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Apr.
Jacob's Ladder (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, lost place before 3rd, not fluent 8th, headway when mistake next, weakened approaching 3 out where mistake, pulled up before next, in a race won by Wayward Glance (11-3) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep, 10 ran.
Morgan's Bay 5-2 (12-0) (tt) lft in ld 4 out; rdn when fell 2 out, in a race won by Ooson (11-7) at Larkhill 2m 4f ptp gf in Jan, 10 ran.
Rocky Creek (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Soon towards rear, headway 9th, no impression after 3 out, hampered just after next, soon weakened, 8th of 20, 27l behind Brindisi Breeze (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Taminkle (FR) 50-1 (10-9) Held up in touch in rear, weakened 7th, tailed off, 4th of 6, 50l behind Tenby Jewel (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Sep.
Thehillofuisneach (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Mid-division in touch, mistake 3rd, lost place 7th, behind from next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Cape Tribulation (10-11) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gd in Mar, 24 ran.
Wayward Frolic 10-11 (11-7) Held up; led 13; rdn clr flat, won at Cherrybrook 3m ptp gd in Apr '11 beating Bold Perk (12-0) by 6l, 11 ran.