YASIR was beaten twice in this grade last month but only went down by a neck at Uttoxeter two runs ago. A repeat of that effort may well suffice in this as he gets 7lb from the much more exposed Mubrook, who finished tailed off on good ground at Southwell last time. Admiral Hawke was pulled up when favourite for a maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter last month but drops into this grade for the first time and Aneedh has also been taking on better company.
Mubrook (USA) 6-1 (10-12) Led until 2nd, lost place halfway, soon beaten, last of 8, well behind Recway Lass (10-2) at Southwell 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Admiral Hawke (IRE) 9-4fav (10-8) Led and soon clear until 5 out, headed before 3 out, weakened next, puled up before last, in a race won by The Snappy Poet (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f cond mdn hdle (5) gd in Jul, 7 ran.
Dougal Philps 9-4 (11-0) Prominent, led 3rd, headed before 5th, lost place when not fluent 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 9, well behind Gurkha Brave (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Jul.
Oscars Way (IRE) 3-1 (10-7) Tracked winner to 5th, soon pushed along, weakened 4 out, tailed off next, last of 6, well behind Byron Blue (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f sll hdl (5) gf in Jul.
Vertige Dore (FR) 20-1 (10-13) Led narrowly to 2nd, with leader, lost place 3 out (usual 4 out), kept on same pace, weakened last, 5th of 13, 29l behind Bold Tara (10-7) at Worcester 2m 7f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Yasir (USA) 11-4 (10-9) Tracked leader, driven 3 out, ridden to lead before next, headed last, no extra in 4th towards finish, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Kyles Faith (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f sll hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Aneedh 11-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, pushed along after 5th, weakened well before 3 out, 7th of 9, well behind Rolling Maul (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gd in May.
Helamis 12-1 (8-6) Raced keenly, led until over 3f out, chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 15l behind Hell Hath No Fury (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jul (flat).