TOP OF THE RANGE's defeat of One Term in a bumper here in April has worked out well with the runner-up landing a Listed race at Cheltenham earlier this month. His long term future may lie over fences but he clearly has plenty of speed and can make a winning start to his hurdles career today with David Bass claiming a valuable 3lb. Valley Lad may well have beaten Bowntobebad on his hurdling debut at Huntingdon had he jumped a little better. The winner was well beaten at Ascot next time, however, and the progressive Bangor runner-up High Storm is just as interesting today. The latter's stablemates Salomo and The Bear Trap also have some scope and Ballyboker Boy tries his hand over timber having won a couple of point-to-points in Ireland earlier this year.
Ballyboker Boy (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Ww, steady prog from 4out, easily ld 2out, went clr, won at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp gd in Jun beating Bach To The Wall (12-0) by 8l, 13 ran.
Chuckery (IRE) 13-2 (10-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent, hit 4th, chased along after next, mistake 7th, losing touch when mistake 8th, pulled up after, in a race won by Shammy Buskins (11-5) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf, 4 ran.
Clovers Boy 100-1 (10-11) Raced keenly, mid-division, lost place 6f out, soon behind, 12th of 17, well behind Claret Cloak (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs.
High Storm (IRE) 11-1 (10-7) In touch on inside, driven to chase leaders after 3 out, 4th and ridden next, stayed on to chase winner flat, no impression, 2nd of 18, 2 3/4l behind Distime (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Prime Edition (IRE) 150-1 (10-9) Led, hit 3rd, mistake 6th, headed 5 out, weakened before 4 out, 12th of 15, well behind Knock A Hand (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Ruby Bay (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair, not always fluent, headway 2 out, soon went 4th, no impression and weakened, 4th of 7, 35l behind Oscar Sunset (10-12) at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Salomo (GER) 14-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, not fluent 4th, headway after 5th, went 3rd approaching 3 out, not fluent 2 out, weakened last, 3rd of 10, 19l behind Peckhamecho (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
The Bear Trap (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, went 4th before 2 out, never on terms, 4th of 10, 26l behind Peckhamecho (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Thistle Stikk 100-1 (10-5) Mid-division, pushed along and lost place after 4th, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Peckhamecho (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Top Of The Range (IRE) 4-11fav (10-12) In touch, headway 7f out, led over 3f out, hard pressed final 2f, stayed on towards finish, won at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) gd in Apr beating One Term (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Valley Lad (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Led to after 2nd, pressed leader, not fluent 5th, effort and every chance when jumped left 2 out, edged right between last 2, kept on, ridden and held flat, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Bowntobebad (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Winds Of War (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, ridden in 5th approaching 7 out, dropped to 7th approaching straight, soon no impression, 6th of 16, 12l behind Willies Girl (11-7) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs gd in Jul '10.
Al Shababiya (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Tracked leader until 10f out, tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 7, 21l behind First Rock (8-13) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs (flat).