ORTHODOX LAD won a maiden hurdle at Worcester before finishing runner-up at the same track back in handicap company. He gets the nod racing off the same mark today ahead of top weight Tamarillo Grove. The latter won in this grade at Newton Abbot last month and has been keeping better company since. Brasshound can be given a chance on his earlier second at Stratford which looks stronger form than Emerald Glade's victory in a seller at Market Rasen last week. Kayfton Pete could prove best of the rest.
Tamarillo Grove (IRE) 4-1 (10-8) Led, driven and headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 39l behind Get Home Now (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd.
Brassbound (USA) 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leader, carried right 1st, led 2nd until 3rd, stayed handy, no extra last, 6th of 9, 18l behind Fairyinthewind (11-5) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jul.
Emerald Glade (IRE) 10-11fav (11-1) Always prominent, led 3 out, clear before next, stayed on well, easily, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f sell (5) gd beating Muwalla (11-2) by 5l, 8 ran.
Orthodox Lad 4-6fav (10-11) Mid-division, lost place 4th, mistake next, headway approaching 3 out, challenged 2 out, not pace of winner flat, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Taaresh (10-7) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Godwit 6-1 (11-3) Led until after 2 out, soon not much room and weakened, 8th of 10, 22l behind Faith Jicaro (11-6) at Cartmel 2m 1f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jul.
Kayfton Pete 25-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before last, kept on to go 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 23l behind Polly Hopper (10-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f sll hdl (5) sft in Jul.
Wom 6-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway approaching 2 out, 3rd and beaten when blundered and unseated rider last, in a race won by Quadriller (11-0) at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) gf in Jul, 8 ran.
So Cheeky 6-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway 6th, chased winner 3 out, ridden before last, just held on for 2nd place near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Mrs Peachey (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Poetic Power (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Mid-division, chased leaders after 4 out, ridden before next, kept on same pace, never on terms, 6th of 9, 19l behind Oliver's Gold (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Taroum (IRE) 3-1fav (10-8) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, kept on same pace from last, 4th of 9, 9l behind Fairyinthewind (11-5) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jul.
Tiradia (FR) 8-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, led and hit 2 out, headed next, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Dont Take Me Alive (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Take The Crown 40-1 (10-11) Held up in 5th, well held in 4th from 5th, 4th of 8, 35l behind Cool Macavity (11-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.