MEWSTONE can have connections purring after the opener by landing this heat with ease. Kielder Rise is the main danger with the remainder hard to split. The Tom George/Paddy Brennan partnership proved profitable to follow last season and both have been in fine form so far this season. Mewstone finished second in a Chepstow bumper that hasn't worked out before landing the spoils in a better race at Uttoxeter. She's bred to jump a fence but should win races over hurdles in the interim and can start by taking this one. Kielder Rise ran a decent race on soft ground at Stratford on debut before failing to build on that promise in a small field on faster ground at Ludlow. These conditions may suit her better and she must be feared. One Dream hails from an in-form yard but showed nothing under Rules when last seen, Alinghi showed ability on the level in Germany and rates a market check as does Kentford Senorita who is from a good jumping family and may improve for jumping an obstacle. However, we'd be surprised if they were able to get the better of Mewstone.
Alinghi (GER) (8-7) In touch to 2f out, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Pythonga (8-11) at Neuss 7f 3yo stk std in Dec '06 (Flat).
Kentford Serotina 17-2 (10-7) Held up, headway 5f out, weakened 2f out, 4th of 8, 29l behind China Gold (11-0) at Kempton 2m nhf (6) sft in Mar.
Kielder Rise 10-3 (10-4) Held up, headway 5f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 3l behind Deep Squeeze (10-9) at Ludlow 2m nhf (4) gf in Oct.
Mewstone 8-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden and edged right over 2f out, edged left inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m mrs nhf (6) sft in Apr beating Rith Bob (10-9) by 1 1/2l, 16 ran.
Missus Jones (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) Always behind, tailed off when pulled up 4 out in race won by Theatre Girl (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hdl (4) gd in Apr, 9 ran.
One Dream (FR) 20-1 (10-9) Slowly into stride and always in rear, hit 6th and 7th, pulled up after 8th pulled up 4 out in race won by Sovietica (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f mrs nov hdl (4) gf in Apr '07, 7 ran.