TAKE A BOW is unlikely to fail through lack of fitness and the Chepstow bumper winner showed plenty of promise on his hurdling debut at Leicester. He probably has more scope than Gate Please and Anteros, though the latter came up against a decent novice at Chepstow last time and didn't go down without a fight. Rolling Maul won two bumpers here last summer but has been largely disappointing since switching to hurdles and winning pointer Kilcullen Article was well beaten on his hurdles bow.
Anteros (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Took keen hold, held up in rear, headway chasing leaders in 4th place after 4th, went 2nd 3 out, ridden and hung left after 2 out, one pace and no impression on winner before last, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Solar Impulse (11-1) at Chepstow 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Gate Please (IRE) 9-2 (10-10) Chased leaders, led after 4 out until 3 out, chased winner, every chance when not fluent 2 out, driven before last, soon held, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Ashford Wood (11-1) at Ffos Las 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Kilcullen Article (IRE) 28-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, effort 3 out (usual 4 out), soon outpaced, weakened on long run between last 2, no chance with leaders, 4th of 8, 36l behind Fayette County (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Rolling Maul (IRE) 6-4fav (10-13) Held up behind in touch, headway on outside 6th, soon in touch, ridden and weakened 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 9, 28l behind Society Shares (10-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Take A Bow 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 15l behind Royal Regatta (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Caldey 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division, under pressure over 6f out, soon beaten, 7th of 12, 31l behind Tara Point (10-13) at Taunton 2m 1f mares n h flat (5) gd in Apr.