KELVINGROVE, a progressive stayer on the Flat, attracted good support on his hurdling debut at Stratford and gained an impressive victory. He should have few problems following up with only Western Diva likely to prove anything like a threat. She's shown promise in bumpers and today's quicker ground should enable her to run well on her hurdling bow.
Escape To The West 100-1 (10-11) Prominent, lost place 3rd, soon beaten, 6th of 10, well behind Benzanno (11-2) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Feb.
Kelvingrove (IRE) 5-1 (10-2) Tracked leader, challenged 2 out, led before last, ridden clear flat, readily, won at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar beating Massena (11-0) by 8l, 13 ran.
Sab Le Beau (FR) 25-1 (10-12) Always behind, 8th of 9, 37l behind Make Me A Fortune (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in May.
Its A Story 100-1 (10-7) In rear and pushed along after 3rd, soon tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Oliver's Hill (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar, 17 ran.
Western Diva (IRE) 7-2 (10-10) Held up in rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, never able to get on terms with leaders, 4th of 16, 11l behind Ballybolley (11-3) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar.