UXIZANDRE was beaten only a length on his hurdling bow in France back in May and has his first start for Alan King today. Stable jockey Choc Thornton prefers him to The Mumper, third on his hurdling bow at Plumpton, and he gets the nod ahead of Haydock runner-up Josies Orders. AP McCoy plumps for the latter rather than newcomer On The Record while another Jonjo O'Neill runner, Minella For Steak, makes his debut under Rules. Go Set Go and Fridaythorpe have bits of form over hurdles that give them an outside chance.
Fridaythorpe (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Led to 2nd, tracked leader, pushed along 5th, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 5th of 6, 33l behind Sustainability (11-8) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Go Set Go 6-1 (11-3) Raced wide, in rear, reminders after 5th, some headway 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 11, 25l behind Wom (10-10) at Fakenham 2m 4yo mdn stks (4) gd in Mar.
Honeypot Lane 25-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, ridden 7f out, soon struggling, tailed off, 9th of 12, 28l behind Coneygree (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov '11.
Josies Orders (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) In rear, jumped slowly 4th, headway on inner before 3 out, left 2nd last, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 5, 12l behind Ma Filleule (10-5) at Haydock 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Max Laurie (FR) 28-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, some headway approaching 7th, never on terms, tailed off, 7th of 18, 45l behind Radetsky March (11-11) at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb '11.
Minella For Steak (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Tr ldrs, 2nd 1/2way, led after 3out, ko strongly run-in, won at Durrow 2m ire ptp sft in Feb '11 beating Folsom Blue (11-7) by 4l, 8 ran.
On The Record (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Diva Antonia.
Thank U 7-2 (10-13) Tracked winner, pushed along over 6f out, kept on and no impression from over 2f out, 2nd of 5, 21l behind The Ferick (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
The Mumper (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Turn Over Sivola (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in May.
Uxizandre (FR) (10-5) 2nd of 16, 1l behind Pedregalejo (10-5) at Compiegne(FR) 2m 1f hdl gd in May.
Walkabout Creek (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 7f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 12l behind Midnight Oscar (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar.