CROSS THE FLAGS was making her hurdling debut when returning to action at Ffos Las and jumped well enough. She stayed on well for fourth and can find the necessary improvement to get off the mark here. In contrast, bumper winner Bach To Front jumped poorly on her debut over timber at Plumpton, as did La Belle Au Bois at Stratford. Other bumper winners having their first starts over obstacles include Heather Royale, Dream Performance and Rydalis, while Florafern is also worth noting and Zennor is the highest rated of those switching from the Flat.
Asterisk 7-1 (9-0) Always in rear, 13th of 14, 11l behind Captain Cool (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Feb (flat).
Bach To Front (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Led, not fluent 2nd, hit 5th, not fluent 6th, headed 8th, weakened quickly and pulled up before next, in a race won by Tara Rose (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 9 ran.
Cool Cascade 9-2 (10-3) Mid-division, outpaced 4f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Neltara (11-3) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (5) gs in Mar '10.
Cross The Flags (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, headway approaching 2 out, went 3rd last, stayed on same pace flat, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Candelita (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Dream Performance (IRE) 9-1 (11-8) Made most 9f, regained lead 4f out, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Scholastica (10-5) at Uttoxeter 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Apr.
Elegant Touch (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, jumped path 6f out, soon lost place, tailed off, 16th of 18, well behind Tempest River (11-0) at Aintree 2m 1f N H flat lst (1) gd in Apr.
Florafern 11-2 (10-10) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, went 2nd and every chance from 2f out, stayed on same pace when rider dropped whip inside final furlong, 2nd of 17, 1 3/4l behind Golden Firebird (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m 1f mares n h flat (4) gd in Apr.
Heather Royal 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 5f out, one pace 2f out, no impression, 5th of 18, 16l behind Tempest River (11-0) at Aintree 2m 1f N H flat lst (1) gd in Apr.
Kingsfold Flare 6-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, tracked winner until over 6f out, soon outpaced, plugged on again final 2f, 5th of 7, 17l behind Buxom (10-12) at Fontwell 1m 6f mares n h flat (6) gd in Oct.
La Belle Au Bois (IRE) 18-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, slipped up on bend after 5th, in a race won by Carter (11-5) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul, 9 ran.
Lilac Belle 33-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division on inner, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 6th of 9, well behind Alpine Breeze (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Mosqueta 8-1 (9-1) In touch, ridden and hampered over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 26l behind True Pleasure (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in May '10 (flat).
Polly's Star 150-1 (10-10) In rear, fell 1st, in a race won by Tara Rose (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 9 ran.
Ridgeway Poppy Alflora mare out of Coquelles.
Rydalis (FR) 33-1 (11-0) Chased winner until over 4f out, weakened 3f out, 8th of 10, 24l behind One Term (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Sunshine Buddy 20-1 (10-6) Behind, headway 5th, led before next, soon headed and mistake, weakened approaching 2 out, 3rd of 10, 35l behind Gulf Punch (10-0) at Stratford 2m 3yo clm hdl (4) gf in Jun '10.
Vehement 5-2fav (10-1) Mid-division in touch, outpaced 6f out, ridden 3f out, kept on to go 3rd over 1f out, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 9, 18l behind Bevnott (11-1) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Aug.
Zennor (9-1) last of 11, 16l behind Gradara (9-1) at Toulouse(FR) 1m 4f Listed stks gs in Sep (flat).