CURZON LINE was given a quiet introduction to hurdling at Uttoxeter but stayed on nicely in the closing stages. He has the beating of Straits Of Messina and this sharper track should suit so he's fancied to open his account today as he was a decent sort on the Flat as a three-year-old. Devil's Dyke was placed in a couple of bumpers last season but a bigger danger may be Lone Ranger. He was a Listed winner in his native France last year and third at Wincanton in March, though his future may still lie over longer trips despite being pulled up at Warwick last time. Tempuran looks to have some ability and Cane Cat should stay 2m and remains unexposed over hurdles.
Ashdown Lad 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 3 out, kept on flat, 5th of 12, 24l behind Azure Fly (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Ballygrooby Bertie (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 7th of 9, well behind Cape York (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in May.
Curzon Line 10-1 (11-0) Mid-division, chased leaders after 4 out, left moderate 2nd when hampered 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 15l behind Ballyalton (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Daizy (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Led until 1st, chased winner until next, chased leading pair until weakened well before 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 9, 38l behind Rayvin Black (11-5) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf.
Devil's Dyke (USA) 14-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, steady headway on outside over 4f out, chased leaders over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Carningli (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) sft in Apr.
Iguacu 50-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, mid-division, lost place after 4 out, weakened next, 10th of 14, 27l behind Timesremembered (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Kings Music (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Always behind, weakened from 3 out, 7th of 9, 42l behind Bucking The Trend (11-0) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Lone Ranger (FR) 5-2 (11-1) Held up towards rear, not fluent 1st or 5th, headway approaching 8th, 5th and struggling when not fluent 2 out, soon well held, 5th of 10, 20l behind Cloudingstar (11-1) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Six One Away (IRE) 17-2 (10-10) Mid-division, headway on inside 6f out, lost place over 4f out, soon behind, last of 13, 39l behind Lemony Bay (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Stag Hill (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Mistake 1st, towards rear, kept on under pressure from 3 out, never near leaders, 7th of 14, 20l behind Timesremembered (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Straits Of Messina (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Mid-division on outside, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 14, 49l behind Ballyalton (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Tempuran 9-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, mid-division, chased leaders 3 out, no impression before next, 5th of 14, 17l behind Timesremembered (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Veratan (FR) 25-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, behind from 6th, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Barlow (11-3) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb '12.
Cane Cat (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Held up, ridden before 3 out, disputing 3rd under pressure after 2 out, weakened flat, 5th of 11, 7l behind Beattie Green (10-10) at Stratford 2m mrs nov sll hdl (5) gd in May '12.
Young Lou 50-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, weakened approaching last, 6th of 12, 16l behind Top Totti (10-12) at Chepstow 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.