Don Pooleoni made a promising start over these hurdles when runner-up in a maiden here in June but Dawn Twister makes more appeal. The latter recorded his best effort so far over timber when third at Wetherby recently and looks to have leading claims in this. However, point-to-point winner AWBEG MASSINI was fancied to run well on his hurdling debut at Aintree last month and made a bold bid only giving way in the closing stages to finish third. He gets the vote to open his account under Rules with Rydon Pynes and Backhomeinderry looking best of the remainder.
American Life (FR) .
Awbeg Massini (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Led until after 2nd, led 3rd until after 5th, led 7th, ridden when jumped right 2 out, headed soon after last, no extra final 100 yards, 3rd of 4, 9l behind Clondaw Kaempfer (10-12) at Aintree 2m 4f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Oct.
Backhomeinderry (IRE) 50-1 (10-6) Slightly hampered 2nd, always behind, 9th of 14, 40l behind Canadian Diamond (10-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Dawn Twister (GER) 3-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway to track leaders 4 out, kept on from last, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Lordofthehouse (11-0) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs.
Don Pooleoni (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, headway and pushed along after 3 out, went 2nd approaching 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Romeo Americo (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH mdn hdl (4) gs in Jun.
Flugzeug 50-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden after 6th, some modest late progess, never any chance with leaders, 4th of 10, 38l behind Young Hurricane (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f 4yo nov stks (4) gs.
High Ball Roller 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 6f out, weakened 3f out, 12th of 13, well behind Devon Drum (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (5) gd in Mar.
Mount Vesuvius (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Always in rear, tailed off when blundered 3 out, 8th of 11, 41l behind Orabora (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH mdn hdl (5) sft.
My Lord 50-1 (10-12) In rear, pushed along and some headway 3 out, no impression after, 6th of 9, 25l behind Golden Hoof (10-12) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Rydon Pynes 16-1 (10-7) Held up behind in touch, driven to chase leaders over 3f out, went 3rd over 2f out, stayed on to chase winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Ballybough Pat (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) gd in Mar.
Zigzaga (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Always behind, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Ardkilly Witness (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs.