There's not a huge amount of form to go at in this Novice Hurdle and because those who have had experience haven't pulled up any trees so far we're chancing our arm with newcomer BEFORE SUNDOWN marginally ahead of both Charlie Tipple and Red Onion. The pick's pedigree points to success in this sphere and he should go well in these conditions. He should stay this far and from powerful connections he needs respecting especially thrown straight in over obstacles. Charlie Tipple was a four time winner on the level reaching a rating of 83. He did shape with some promise on heavy going during that time but we wait to see if this trip will suit. Red Onion has shown some promise in three bumper runs and will stay at least this far while Aggravation could be a player following a solid hurdles debut. This race won't take a great deal of winning and Before Sundown can score on his very first outing.
Aggravation 12-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, some headway after 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 11, 25l behind Overrule (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Before Sundown (NZ) Montjeu gelding out of Dancing On.
Blue Jet (USA) 150-1 (10-12) Behind, ridden approaching 2 out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 35l behind The Giant Bolster (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Charlie Tipple 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Mabait (9-1) at Leicester 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Oct (flat).
Cream of Esteem 11-2 (9-6) Held up, steady headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 17l behind Princess of Aeneas (8-0) at Musselburgh 1m 4f mdn clm (7) gs in Oct '06 (flat).
Landofgreenginger 150-1 (10-3) With leaders, outpaced 6f out, 6th of 9, 31l behind Ceasar's Return (10-10) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Naughty Diesel 100-1 (10-10) 11th of 12, 50l behind Habanero (10-11) at Wetherby 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd in May '07.
Red Onion 6-1 (10-8) Tracked leader and raced keen, ridden and every chance over 3f out, led briefly over 2f out, soon weakened, 4th of 9, 16l behind Bellvano (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) gd in Feb.