Tony McCoy and Jim Best are a partnership to be feared during the summer months and while LYSSIO was turned over in a similar contest at Uttoxeter, he faced a difficult task in giving away weight to an experienced rival, and we'll expect to see him priced accordingly. Kettlewell probably wasn't conceived with hurdling in mind but Warren Greatrex's inmate won a bumper at Fakenham in fine style and was far from disgraced in a subsequent appearance at Stratford. Tim Vaughan has three in the race and jockey bookings suggest Ifan as the pick. The five-year-old was lightly raced on the Flat and landed a maiden at Wolverhampton in March. Bad Girls has yet to show anything for David Pipe although the four-year-old is watched in the market as she is in receipt of plenty of allowances.
Lyssio (GER) 11-8fav (11-5) Prominent, challenged 3 out, led next, soon headed, beaten last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Thunder Sheik (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Bolberry Springs 33-1 (11-0) In touch, weakened before 3 out, 11th of 13, well behind Another Hero (10-11) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gf.
Hard House 100-1 (10-12) Always behind, weakened 4th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Billy Dutton (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec, 12 ran.
Ifan (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division, pulled up halfway, in a race won by Titchwood (10-3) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (5) sft in Mar '12, 11 ran.
Sir Bruno (FR) 8-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 8l behind Spark Of Genius (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan (flat).
Spring Secret 9-1 (9-2) In touch, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on well, never troubled leaders, 5th of 10, 8l behind Rosie's Lady (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Jan (flat).
Kettlewell 13-2 (11-0) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd place towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Another Hero (11-5) at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gf in Jun.
Sir Dylan 10-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 4th, every chance 3 out, held in 3rd when fell last, in a race won by Courtesy Call (10-7) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gf in May, 5 ran.
Bad Girls (FR) 25-1 (10-4) Always towards rear, 8th of 13, 34l behind Another Hero (10-11) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gf.