Bottman kept on well when second to Bold Addition in a much better race over 2m5f at Cheltenham eight days ago. He is still heading in the right direction but his stamina will have to be taken on trust over this longer trip. There are no stamina doubts surrounding BUCK MULLIGAN, however, as he's already won over 3m2f over fences and has proved himself just as capable over timber this season. Turtlethomas won easily on his hurdling debut at Plumpton and can progress further but, being by Turtle Island, could find this quicker ground against him.
Bottman (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, led 7th, hit 2 out, ridden and headed last, stayed on same pace flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Bold Addition (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (2) gd.
Buck Mulligan 10-3 (11-8) Held up in rear, headway approaching 4 out, under pressure after next, left in 3rd 2 out, hampered soon after, never on terms, 3rd of 7, 26l behind Swingkeel (10-13) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Turtlethomas (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 7th, led on long run to 2 out, clear last, ran on, won at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Inner Steel (10-12) by 18l, 10 ran.