Baltic Blade won on his hurdling debut at Newton Abbot but won't find it easy to follow up here under a penalty. WOOLY BULLY was lightly raced on the Flat but showed he had some ability when fourth here 10 days ago, despite being hampered on the home turn. He'll know more today and is just preferred to French import Alanjou. Shark Hanlon has several runners here today and picked up Down Time cheaply in the sales after he finished fourth in a Catterick maiden in May. He could figure if fully wound-up.
Baltic Blade (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led 2nd, jumped right 2 out, clear when not fluent last, stayed on, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gf in Aug beating Vergality Ridge (10-7) by 11l, 5 ran.
Alanjou (FR) 8-1 (11-0) 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Ars D'ortige (10-5) at Clairefontaine(FR) 2m 1f 3yo clm hdl sft in Jul.
Down Time (USA) 14-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway from 4f out, went 4th over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 11, 7l behind Hawk High (8-11) at Catterick 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs in May (flat).
Dude Alert (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 7, 13l behind Alpine Mysteries (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo app hcp 0-60 (6) std in Jun (flat).
Fiachra (IRE) Elnadim gelding out of Nesaah's Princess.
Ron Waverly (IRE) Haatef gelding out of Mermaid Beach.
Wooly Bully 6-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, mistakes, slipped slightly on bend before 3 out, plugged on for modest 4th before last, no impression, 4th of 8, 16l behind Refer (10-9) at Stratford 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Castell Avon 50-1 (9-12) Took keen hold on outside, tracked leaders, slightly hampered 2nd, chased winner when not fluent 4th, lost 2nd next, weakened after 3 out, 3rd of 5, well behind Walter White (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Ruff Luck 33-1 (9-12) Tracked leader, not fluent 2nd, slipped and unseated rider on bend before 3 out, in a race won by Refer (10-9) at Stratford 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Aug, 8 ran.