Hyperlink won a couple of times over middle-distances for Mark Johnston on the Flat and is of obvious interest making his hurdling debut for John Ferguson at a relatively lowly level. But Experimentalist and FLAMING ARROW have already shown decent form over timber. The former was second in a Sandown handicap last time but the latter is arguably less exposed and any improvement on his second to the useful Cockney Sparrow at Doncaster, where Burns Night finished tailed off, could see him go one better today.
Burns Night 66-1 (11-1) Behind, outpaced 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Cockney Sparrow (9-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd.
Experimentalist 25-1 (11-9) Held up in mid-division, pushed along and headway before 2 out, soon chasing leader, ridden to lead and carried head high flat, headed and unable to quicken final 130 yards, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Thundering Home (10-9) at Sandown 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Feb.
Flaming Arrow (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Mid-division, headway on inside before 3 out, ridden next, went 2nd approaching last, kept on, always held, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd.
Formulation (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) In rear, ridden over 3f out, tailed off, 11th of 12, 49l behind Rysbrack (11-4) at Wolverhampton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Rasheed 20-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division, weakening when mistake and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Timesishard (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb, 13 ran.
Barathea Dancer (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Behind, headway 2 out, never nearer, 7th of 15, 21l behind Dante's Frolic (11-0) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Feb.
Miss Overbury (IRE) 22-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 9l behind Alphabetical Order (10-9) at Lingfield 2m mdn n h flat (6) std in Dec.
Rum Ginney 80-1 (10-10) In touch, ridden and dropped to rear 5th, soon tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Mischievous Milly (10-10) at Fakenham 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Hyperlink (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) With leader, led well over 4f out, soon headed, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 8, 27l behind Gosforth Park (8-11) at Pontefract 1m 4f app hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep (flat).