Azure Fly has started favourite in all three runs over hurdles to date and won very easily at Stratford in the latest of them. He will make a bold bid to defy his penalty but there will surely be more to come from URIAH HEEP this season. He arrives fit from the Flat and was an 87-rated handicapper for Sir Michael Stoute last year. Quite highly tried in his two hurdle runs last autumn, he should know more this time around. Jonnie Skull has more to do than when making all at Stratford but Uramazin is an interesting newcomer. He won five times at Sha Tin in his younger days, including a Grade 2, but may need this.
Azure Fly (IRE) 5-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, led from 1st, headed soon after, led again before 3rd, clear before 2 out, easily, won at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul beating Ittirad (11-0) by 31l, 13 ran.
Jonnie Skull (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Made all, jumped right 4th, clear before 2 out, easily, won at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep beating Lordship (10-12) by 42l, 9 ran.
Ashdown Lad 4-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden over 1f out, soon chased winner, no impression, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Mr Snoozy (8-6) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun (flat).
Kaafel (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Led, headed over 6f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 14, well behind Cornrow (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep (flat).
Mishrif (USA) 10-1 (9-10) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 13, 6l behind Silver Lace (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep (flat).
My Best Man 66-1 (9-3) Very slowly away, always behind, last of 13, 32l behind Father Fred (9-5) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Sep (flat).
The Stig (FR) 12-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, outpaced over 4f out, some headway over 2f out, no impression, 5th of 7, 9l behind On The Buckle (10-13) at Fontwell 1m 6f NH flat (6) gf in May.
Uramazin (IRE) Danehill Dancer gelding out of Uriah.
Uriah Heep (FR) 12-1 (10-7) In touch on inside, chasing leaders when mistake 3 out, no impression before next, left moderate 4th at the last, 4th of 18, 36l behind Lordofthehouse (11-6) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Waving 12-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders on outside, ridden approaching 3 out, 3rd and beaten when not fluent last, 5th of 10, 11l behind Tidal Way (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Resourceful Miss 33-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, some headway 3 out, in 4th and weakened before 2 out, 4th of 9, well behind Sea Lord (10-12) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Thecornishwren (IRE) 200-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, well behind Bling King (8-11) at Leicester 1m 2f Classified Claiming Stakes (0-75) (3-4yo) (5) gd in Sep (flat).