Lightly-raced for his age, CORNISH ICE should be capable of further progress having finished runner-up at Stratford last month. He gets a tentative vote ahead of Kilrush. The latter won over hurdles on faster ground at Worcester in May and will have come on for a recent reappearance. Young Hurricane fell at Wetherby on his chasing bow but is rated higher over timber than Kastani Beach and Guanciale, both of whom have their first starts over the larger obstacles today.
Young Hurricane (IRE) 17-2 (11-5) In touch in mid-division, pushed along after 3 out, kept on from 2 out, went 4th under pressure run-in, 4th of 17, 8l behind Invicta Lake (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Kilrush (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway when mistake 3 out, well held by leaders before next, plugged on, 5th of 12, 13l behind Dom Lukka (11-3) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Oct.
Kastani Beach (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Held up rear of mid-division, headway approaching 4 out, pushed along in 5th before hit 3 out, hit 2 out, went modest 4th soon after, 4th of 12, 19l behind Masters Hill (10-11) at Exeter 2m 7f am nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Cornish Ice 16-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders on outside, lost place after 7th, mistake next, outpaced when mistake 3 out, stayed on from after 2 out to take 2nd last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Danandy (10-12) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Oct.
Guanciale 12-1 (11-0) Raced wide chasing leaders, stayed on to modest 2nd and hit last, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 11, 13l behind Seebright (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Apr.
Roparta Avenue 33-1 (11-8) Towards rear, stumbled and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Deux Etoiles (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in May, 10 ran.