Stevie Thunder can race off the same mark as when second to Sporting Boy at Ludlow last week. He barely gets 2m, however, and this extra furlong may just scupper his chances of a first win over hurdles. TRESOR DE BONTEE had every chance when falling at Uttoxeter last month. He'd not been disgraced in better company in his two previous runs and can land this ordinary handicap for Richard Lee. Nicky Nutjob is only a plater but should be challenging for a place again while Phoenix Eye made late headway behind Jawhary at Towcester last time and is another to consider. Goat Castle continues to disappoint however.
Stevie Thunder 9-4fav (10-11) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, went 2nd when not fluent 2 out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Sporting Boy (11-7) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Hadron Collider (FR) 14-1 (10-6) Towrads rear, not always fluent, closed 8th, soon outpaced, no impresison after, mistake last, 5th of 10, 31l behind Scotsbrook Cloud (11-1) at Ludlow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May '11.
Share Option 25-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, hampered 3 out, soon well beaten, 11th of 16, 28l behind Murfreesboro (9-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Gizzit (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, one pace from 2 out, 7th of 20, 10l behind Cruise In Style (9-13) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Missionaire (USA) 5-1 (11-10) In touch, headway to 2nd 3 out, weakened next, 14th of 17, 31l behind Acapulco Bay (10-1) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Mar.
Prince Freddie 16-1 (11-7) Prominent, every chance 3 out, weakening when mistake last, 10th of 16, 24l behind Murfreesboro (9-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Tresor De Bontee (FR) 11-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway approaching 6th, tracking leaders when fell 3 out, in a race won by Murfreesboro (9-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct, 16 ran.
Al Amaan 10-1 (11-9) Raced keenly, led, headed and stumbled 4 out, chased winner until after 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Bazart (10-7) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.
Aureate 8-1 (10-11) Held up last, headway on inside when hit 3, went 3rd soon after, weakened 2 out, 3rd of 5, 20l behind Salomo (11-12) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in May.
Holden Caulfield (IRE) 66-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, weakened from 3 out, 14th of 20, 31l behind Cruise In Style (9-13) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Bobby Dove 100-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Woodbank (10-12) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Goat Castle (IRE) 4-1fav (10-7) Led narrowly and set steady pace, headed after 3 out, weakened between last 2, 7th of 12, 19l behind Thoresby (11-2) at Towcester 2m 5f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-105) (3yo+) (4) gf in Oct.
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 28-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway and in touch on outside 6th, chased leading pair 3 out, soon ridden, no impression in 4th flat, 4th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Bracken House (10-12) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Oct.
Final Flyer (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders to 4 out, weakened next, soon behind and pulled up, in a race won by Bracken House (10-12) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Oct, 15 ran.
Phoenix Eye 22-1 (10-6) Behind, outpaced 3 out, ridden and stayed on into mid-division after next, never nearer, 6th of 15, 20l behind Jawhary (11-2) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Oct.
Aughcarra (IRE) 200-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, pushed along 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 12, 19l behind Goldan Jess (9-9) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.
Scotsbrook Legend 100-1 (10-5) Led into start, took keen hold, led 4th, headed after next, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 33l behind Thomas Crapper (10-12) at Worcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Oct.
Naledi 6-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, not fluent 1st, ridden after 5th, headway on outside approaching 3 out, weakened flat, 7th of 14, 14l behind Kapdor (10-9) at Worcester 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.