Paddy Partridge won on his hurdling debut at Uttoxeter in July last year but is facing different conditions under a penalty here and preference is for BOLLIN FELIX. Tim Easterby's charge finished third in soft ground behind the progressive Storm Brig over C&D last time and the runner-up Bunclody has since franked the form with a win. Shadows Lengthen finished a long way behind in that race and he's hard to fancy as a consequence, but a bad blunder cost Flicka's Witness at Bangor last time and he's capable of better with a clear round.
Paddy Partridge 15-2 (10-10) Tracked leaders, challenged after 6th, led 3 out, not fluent next, driven and stayed on well from last, won at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul beating Freedom Fire (11-3) by 6l, 6 ran.
Bollin Felix 8-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division, headway and in 4th before 3 out, outpaced after 2 out, rallied after last, kept on and went 3rd run-in, 3rd of 16, 11l behind Storm Brig (11-10) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Flicka's Witness (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, in 3rd and weakened from 3 out, 3rd of 5, 32l behind Spirit of Adjisa (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Napoletano (ITY) 100-1 (11-4) Held up behind and raced wide, headway 3 out, weakening when hit 2 out, 6th of 12, 40l behind Warrior One (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Roslin Moss 150-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, weakened from 4 out, 7th of 16, well behind Storm Brig (11-10) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Shadows Lengthen 7-2 (10-10) Tracked winner, took closer order 3rd, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 16, 42l behind Storm Brig (11-10) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Rock Port 100-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders and keen, lost place before 6th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Thornton Alice (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) hvy, 7 ran.
Stanley Bridge 100-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear and keen, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 13, 33l behind Bunclody (10-6) at Newcastle 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Ananda Kanda (USA) 33-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, headway 5th, chased clear leader 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, remote 3rd, 3rd of 8, well behind Palawi (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 4yo hdl (4) hvy.