Bumper winner Grandioso has been a little disappointing so far over timber and could be worth opposing again. Unex Degas is an interesting newcomer to hurdles, while A Hit Is A Hit will have needed his latest run in a Doncaster handicap and had form over this trip in Ireland. Dj Milan still had every chance when falling at Towcester last month while Family Three showed promise at Ffos Las, but this better ground should suit KOULTAS KING and Tim Vaughan's front-runner can open his account on this sharpish track.
A Hit Is A Hit (FR) 16-1 (9-9) Tracked winner, weakened after 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Corkage (11-0) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd, 7 ran.
Bravo Riquet (FR) 100-1 (10-12) Held up in rear but in touch, under pressure 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Mizen Station (11-1) at Newbury 2m 5f mdn hdl (3) gd in Mar '11.
Dj Milan (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Close up, led 2nd headed narrowly before 4 out, upsides when fell 3 out, in a race won by Sunny Ledgend (11-1) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb, 13 ran.
Effectsmenone 100-1 (10-8) Reluctant to line up, well away, took keen hold towards rear, headway to modest 4th after 3 out, weakened before 2 out, beaten when veered left under pressure between last 2, 7th of 11, 46l behind Old Tricks (11-1) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gs.
Family Three (IRE) 17-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, challenged for 2nd after 4 out, 3rd when hit 3 out, weakened and eased before 2 out, lost modest 3rd post, 4th of 12, 25l behind Makethe Mostofnow (11-9) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Grandioso (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd after 3rd, ridden before 2 out, soon no chance with winner, weakened to 3rd before last, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Rajamand (11-2) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Koultas King (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, led after 1st, mistake 4th, ridden and headed before 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 10, 1l behind Merry King (11-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Feb.
Strictly (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Led, mistake and joined 3rd, headed next, chased winner until weakened 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Sorcillera (10-5) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Coronea Lilly (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway in 12th 4f out, ridden into 7th 2f out, 5th 1f out, ran on to lead last 100 yards, kept on well, won at Galway 2m 2f N H flat gf in Jul '10 beating Presenting Nama (11-11) by 2 1/2l, 20 ran.
Unex Degas (IRE) 13-2 (10-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7f out, led narrowly approaching final 2f, ridden and hung right over 1f out, soon headed, no impression, lost 2nd last stride, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Until Winning (9-11) at Taunton 2m 1f cond NH flat (5) gs in Feb.