Rayhani bids to follow up his victory in a handicap chase at Tramore on Sunday with McCoy taking over the reins from David Casey. He's won twice over hurdles in the past, though his last victory was more than three years ago. JOLLY ROGER may be capable of foiling the Irish raider as this is a big drop in class and he's favoured by the weights. James Pollard is fit from the Flat and can't be ignored but Ajman is on a long losing run and was found wanting in a couple of sellers in the spring.
Jolly Roger (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Tracked leader, challenged 2nd, ridden before 2 out, weakened approaching last, 5th of 6, 13l behind Solaras Exhibition (11-11) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in Jul.
James Pollard (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Held up in last trio, headway when hit 3 out, ridden and one pace from after next, 5th of 10, 6l behind Ugo (11-10) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Sep.
Arguidos (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Mid-division, weakened 4 out, tailed off when pulled before next, in a race won by Fromthetop (10-6) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd, 13 ran.
Rayhani (USA) 20-1 (11-5) Waited with towards rear, closer in 5th 3 out, moderate 3rd approaching next, soon in pursuit of leader, good jump last, led and stayed on well run-in, won at Tramore 2m hcp chs 0-109 gd beating Claragh Native (11-5) by 2l, 9 ran.
Who Am I 33-1 (10-11) Held up in last trio, closed from 4th, went 2nd 3 out, ridden and no impression last, 2nd of 6, 10l behind Clondaw Draft (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Ajman (IRE) 13-2 (10-9) Mid-division, headway 3rd, ridden before 3 out, stayed on same pace, 5th of 9, 11l behind Fairyinthewind (11-5) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jul.
Bazart 8-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, weakened approaching 4 out, 6th of 9, 25l behind Old Magic (10-12) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Langley 11-2 (11-8) In rear, fell 3rd, in a race won by Theodore Lamb (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gd in Mar '12, 6 ran.
Paddy Partridge 11-2 (11-8) Towards rear, pushed along in 5th when blundered badly 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Polly Hopper (10-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f sll hdl (5) sft in Jul, 8 ran.