Course and distance winner Persian Herald's success here came in a seller on his penultimate start, since when he's gone close in a similar contest at Stratford, beaten less than a length by Stadium Of Light. This rates a tougher assignment though and WATT BRODERICK makes plenty of appeal to atone for an unfortunate last flight fall when seemingly sure to collect in a Class 4 Warwick handicap last time. A reasonable Flat performer, he remains unexposed over timber and can gain compensation here. Pinotage has shown enough in three hurdling starts to indicate that he merits a place on the shortlist and could have improvement to come, whilst the lightly-raced Waving is also one to be interested in, especially so should he attract notable market support.
Rule Of Thumb 16-1 (10-12) Last pair, mistake 4th, outpaced next, never involved, 5th of 6, 20l behind Minellaforleisure (10-12) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Pinotage 14-1 (10-12) Chased leader until approaching 4th, chased leaders until ridden and weakened before 2 out, 8th of 13, 30l behind Smadynium (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov '12.
Waving 20-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, headway after 2 out, ridden and stayed on to dispute 2nd when mistake last, no chance with winner, 3rd of 6, 13l behind Imperial Stargazer (10-12) at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Watt Broderick (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, led 2 out, 2 lengths clear when fell last, in a race won by Keel Haul (10-9) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd, 16 ran.
Persian Herald 3-1 (11-5) Led until 2nd, tracked leaders, outpaced 2 out, rallied before last, stayed on flat, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Stadium Of Light (10-9) at Stratford 2m 3f cnd/am sll hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Volcanic Jack (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Keen tracked leaders, ridden and weakened approaching 4 out, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Prince Siegfried (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft, 16 ran.
Mac's Grey (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Always behind, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Hopatina (11-4) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.