Bumper winner COGRY has a future over hurdles judged on his debut third at Uttoxeter and he'll know more today. He can get the better of Come On Laurie, who has shown a decent level of form in placed efforts at Plumpton and Towcester but has an extra half-mile to cover here on very heavy going. Saffron Wells was beaten in a modest four-runner race at Fakenham while Whiskey Chaser and Tiller Belle are making their hurdling debuts, though do have some scope.
Cogry 3-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd and challenged when not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression in 3rd from last, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Wuff (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Come On Laurie (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, ridden and went 2nd when not fluent 2 out, no impression on winner flat, stayed on, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Garrahalish (10-12) at Towcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec.
De Kerry Man (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) Cl up, 5th 6out & prog in 4th aftr 4out, cl 3rd from 3out & 2nd with ev ch last, no ex final 100 yards, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Amron Kris (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Mar.
Ll Cool Horse 66-1 (10-12) Well behind from 5th, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Oscars Den (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Saffron Wells (IRE) 6-4 (10-11) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, hit 3rd and 7th, went 2nd before 3 out, ridden and hung right on bend after 2 out, soon no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Count Danilo (11-0) at Fakenham 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Whiskey Chaser (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden 3f out, disputing 3rd when stumbled and unseated rider 2f out, in a race won by Delgany Demon (10-11) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Tiller Belle 6-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, ridden before 3f out, weakened before final furlong, 6th of 13, 14l behind Father Edward (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gd in May.