Donald McCain and Jason Maguire could notch a quick double in the second division of this maiden hurdle as ABBEY STORM has already won a point-to-point and was second in a Wexford bumper on his debut under Rules. The danger may be Fibresand winner Somerset Island, though he hasn't finishing second at Cartmel in July. Nodda High Kid started favourite when fourth at Hexham in June but is another returning from a lay-off while Sharivarry may not come into his own until tackling fences.
Abbey Storm (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway to go 2nd entering straight, soon no impression on winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Killyglass (11-11) at Wexford 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Elmaatigra 33-1 (10-9) Badly hampered and nearly unseated rider 1st, chased leaders, weakened 4th, went left next, tailed off when blundered 2 out, 9th of 13, well behind Blackwater King (10-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Grand Shift (IRE) 125-1 (10-2) Held up mid-division, reminders after 3rd, weakened before 2 out, 12th of 13, well behind Gymdoli (10-12) at Hexham 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Nov.
Nodda High Kid 11-4fav (10-5) Tracked leaders on inside, jumped slolwly 1st, mistake 5th, pushed along after next, not fluent 2 out, weakened well before last, 4th of 8, 19l behind Samstown (11-5) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jun.
Sharivarry (FR) 12-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, led over 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 14, 21l behind Spitz (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Somerset Island (IRE) 9-4 (10-12) Chased winner throughout, ridden before last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Jasper Massini (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Wolf Heart (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, struggling 5th, weakened after 4 out, 11th of 14, well behind Cayman Islands (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Allora Flora 66-1 (10-8) In touch, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 16, 37l behind Carlton Jack (10-13) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Maggie Blue (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms, 6th of 11, 35l behind Lord Wishes (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.