Donald McCain has a solid strike rate with hurdlers here and LYRIC STREET looks well placed to augment that record. A useful Flat performer, he's taken nicely to hurdling and sets a standard comfortably above all rivals on evidence to date with an easy Sedgefield success was followed by a second to the much-improved Mister Spingsprong at Kelso with the rest well beaten off. Hail The Brave went off market leader in a bumper here last time but was beaten a long way on very heavy ground. He now has his first taste of jumping hurdles and on quick ground will surely do much better. The returning Royal Macnab might have place claims.
Auldthunder (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) In touch in 4th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 8, well behind Gabrial The Great (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Don't Tell Anyone (IRE) Rashar gelding out of Crossgales Flutter.
Hail The Brave (IRE) 15-8fav (10-11) Led, ridden when headed over 2f out, soon tried to pull himself up, pulled up to a walk 2f out, 9th of 10, well behind Line D'aois (11-9) at Hexham 2m NH flat (6) hvy in May.
Lucky Cody (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Prominent, hit 2nd, fell 10th, in a race won by Ardkilly Witness (11-4) at Market Rasen 3m 1f nov chs (3) gd in Apr, 6 ran.
Lyric Street (IRE) 7-4fav (10-12) Led, headed 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, no chance with winner in clear 2nd before last, 2nd of 13, 7l behind Mister Spingsprong (11-5) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Roll Of Thunder 125-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, mistake and prominent 1st, lost place 4th, well beaten after next, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Izzini (10-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in May.
Royal Macnab (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up in last, not fluent 1st, went 3rd 8th, lost touch 10th, soon behind, lost 3rd and pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by King's Grace (11-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs in Apr, 4 ran.
Stuckinthefence (IRE) 100-1 (10-8) Mid-division, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Vyta Du Roc (11-5) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (3) gd.
Noir Girl 14-1 (10-1) Led, headed 4th, tracked winner, hit 3 out, soon lost place, weakened next, tailed off, 10th of 13, 43l behind Vyta Du Roc (11-5) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (3) gd.