The 2010 renewal of the Swinton Hurdle looks competitive as ever but on a progressive run of form and chasing a four-timer we choose Donald McCain's OVERTURN ahead of Hunterview while Issaquah looks value for finishing in the places. The pick followed two facile successes in novice grade races with an easy victory in the Scottish Champion Hurdle last time. He showed no signs of stopping that day and may actually improve for the extra furlong here. Hunterview was a very easy winner in novice company on his last run performing better than he showed in a decent flat career. He's a little difficult to assess now in the handicap ranks but if running up to the form of that last run he'll have every chance. Issaquah will be up with the pace throughout and with a good strike rate is considered for minor prizes after a decent run in defeat at the Grand National meeting. Toubab has been improving in a handful of starts and should be weighted for a big run while Ciceron is also chasing a four timer but his handicap mark might be getting on the high side. A really tight renewal this but Overturn is on a roll and he might not have stopped yet.
Dee Ee Williams (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Prominent, challenged 2 out, ridden to lead final 100 yards, kept on well, won at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr beating Issaquah (11-4) by 6l, 21 ran.
Bella Haze 12-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, clear approaching 2 out, kept on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs beating Tobago Bay (10-10) by 8l, 13 ran.
Acambo (GER) 11-4 (12-5) Tracked leader, led 3rd, made rest, ridden out, won at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun beating Woody Valentine (10-6) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Issaquah (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, led approaching 3 out, headed final 100 yards, soon no extra, 2nd of 21, 6l behind Dee Ee Williams (11-12) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Dan Breen (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, headway approaching and every chance 3 out, hit next, weakened approaching last, 5th of 9, 16l behind General Miller (11-4) at Aintree 2m nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Apr.
Arcalis 12-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, kept on to take 3rd after last, no impression, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Overturn (10-7) at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Overturn (IRE) 4-1fav (10-7) Made all, hit 2nd, hit 5th, clear approaching 3 out, ridden approaching next, kept on well, won at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr beating Gloucester (10-6) by 4 1/2l, 12 ran.
Mutual Friend (USA) 40-1 (11-0) Mid-division on inside, effort approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 16th of 28, 25l behind Thousand Stars (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Black Jack Blues (IRE) 1-8fav (11-12) Took keen hold, tracked winner, fell 8th, in a race won by Putney Bridge (11-6) at Stratford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Apr, 7 ran.
Zarinava (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, well beaten approaching 3 out, 13th of 17, well behind Quevega (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) gs in Mar.
Noble Request (FR) 5-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, headway to lead 5 out, challenged from 2 out, pushed out flat, comfortably, won at Ayr 2m hcp chs (2) gd in Apr beating Fred Bojangals (10-0) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Is It Me (USA) 14-1 (11-1) Led to 2nd, chased winner, jumped left 4th and 5th, lost 2nd approaching 4 out, regained that position 3 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 12l behind First Point (11-1) at Ludlow 2m beg chs (4) gs in Nov.
Ellerslie Tom 16-1 (10-13) Behind, ridden to chase leaders approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 17, 14l behind Treaty Flyer (10-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Sep.
William's Wishes (IRE) 5-2 (11-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 4th, led 3 out, clear approaching next, jumped right and not fluent last, eased flat, won at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Raquel White (11-5) by 9l, 8 ran.
Ciceron (IRE) 8-11fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, soon clear, easily, won at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Wind Shuffle (10-12) by 17l, 14 ran.
Eradicate (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders 5th, ridden approaching 2 out, no impression, 4th of 12, 17l behind Overturn (10-7) at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Hunterview 4-1 (11-4) Made all, set good pace, clear from 3 out, unchallenged, won at Ayr 2m 4yo nov hdl (3) gd in Apr beating Devotion To Duty (10-12) by 15l, 7 ran.
Gloucester 6-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, soon chasing winner, kept on, no impression, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Overturn (10-7) at Ayr 2m Ltd hcp hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Conquisto 8-13fav (10-13) Made all, 20 lengths clear after 3 out, unchallenged, eased down, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Jeronimo Joe (10-8) by 23l, 15 ran.
Hibiki (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Raced on inside, chased leaders until ridden and weakened before 2 out, 10th of 14, 24l behind Ronaldo Des Mottes (11-10) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Dec.
Cooper's Crest (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Always prominent, 3rd halfway, close 5th 2 out, moderate 3rd approaching last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 23, 9l behind Arvika Ligeonniere (11-12) at Punchestown 2m nov hdl gd in Apr.
Aather (IRE) 11-8fav (11-5) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders after 3 out, stayed on well, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 12l behind Clerk's Choice (10-4) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Toubab (FR) 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, under pressure 2out, stayed on to take 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Soldatino (11-5) at Kempton 2m 4yo nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Feb.
Helium (FR) 25-1 (11-1) Mid-division, pushed along before 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 16, 25l behind Mous Of Men (10-6) at Sandown 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Apr.