Harry Hunt won over hurdles at Stratford last month while Nodform Richard should be suited by the switch to fences and can't be ignored. Crafti Bookie and the mare Fentara are others worth noting but ALAND ISLANDS looks the class act. Tim Vaughan's gelding gave up his unbeaten record behind Simonsig in a Grade 2 novices' hurdle at Aintree in the spring but had won at Hexham and Doncaster earlier and will be expected to hold his own in better company than this over the coming months. Sweet Shock may struggle under a penalty while Mcmurrough hasn't shown much in his two starts over fences to date.
Sweet Shock (GER) 8-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, no impression in 8th early straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 16l behind Back In A Tic (10-7) at Naas 2m 4f hcp hdl sft in Oct.
Aland Islands (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along approaching 8th, soon lost place, weakened well before 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Simonsig (11-4) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Apr, 10 ran.
Crafti Bookie (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Led until 1st, prominent, headed 4th, ridden and headed after 6th, weakened after 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 6, 45l behind Rosairlie (9-12) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Apr.
Father Shine (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Mid-division in touch, headway 7th, lost place 3 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression, 4th of 9, 10l behind Acordingtoscript (9-13) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Harry Hunt 14-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, led 3 out, drew clear after next, ran on strongly, won at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Oct beating Trip The Light (10-4) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Hawthorne Bay 20-1 (11-5) Held up, closed 13th, went 3rd before 4 out, no impression when mistake 2 out, left remote 2nd last, 2nd of 7, 23l behind Special Portrait (12-3) at Perth 3m 2f hts chs (6) sft in Apr.
McMurrough (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, left 3rd briefly 5 out, outpaced when hit next, soon beaten, 6th of 10, 22l behind Bury Parade (10-13) at Carlisle 2m beg chs (4) sft in Oct.
My Idea 5-1 (11-7) With leader, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, lost 2nd approaching last, no impression flat, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Acordingtoscript (9-13) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Netminder (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, weakened from before 4 out, 6th of 8, well behind Cloudy Too (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 4f Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) hvy.
Nodform Richard 8-1 (10-12) With leader, led 2nd, took keen hold, headed before 3 out, blundered 3 out and unseated rider when held disputing 2nd, in a race won by Malin Bay (10-11) at Ayr 3m nov hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr, 10 ran.
Fentara 15-8fav (11-5) In rear, mistake 2nd, chased leaders 4 out, mistake next, led after 2 out, clear from next, easily, won at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in May beating One More Cookie (11-9) by 13l, 6 ran.