A very low key start to proceedings and hurdling debutant Highlife Dancer must have every chance of making a winning start. He rattled up a hat-trick on fast ground on the Flat at the start of the summer, though has been out of sorts recently. OSORIOS TRIAL has the best hurdles form so is probably the one to beat as he was taking on much stronger opposition in a Stratford handicap nine days ago. Portway Flyer hinted at ability at Huntingdon at the start of the year but may just need this.
Bob Tucker (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Soon behind, struggling 4th, soon lost touch, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Kettlewell (10-11) at Stratford 2m nov hdl (4) gd.
Bolberry Springs 50-1 (10-12) Tracked winner, 3rd and ridden after 3 out, stayed on to dispute moderate 2nd when fell last, in a race won by Lyssio (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul, 9 ran.
Highlife Dancer 20-1 (8-13) Led, driven along and headed over 2f out, lost 2nd 2f out, weakened soon after, 7th of 9, 10l behind Certavi (9-2) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf (flat).
Leader Of The Land (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not always fluent, well beaten 5th, crumpled and fell 2 out, in a race won by Orthodox Lad (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul, 14 ran.
Nudge The Nugget 100-1 (10-11) Held up in last trio, not fluent and reminder 3rd, well behind from 5th, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Clondaw Draft (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Osorios Trial 14-1 (10-11) Held up behind, chased leaders under pressure after last (usual 2 out), soon ridden, kept on, just failed for 3rd, no impression, 4th of 8, 14l behind Laudatory (11-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Portway Flyer (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden after 6th, well beaten before 3 out, 13th of 16, 38l behind Ptit Zig (10-7) at Ludlow 2m NH mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Chapelle Du Roi (USA) 14-1 (10-10) Chased winner, not fluent 2 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 5, 28l behind Professeur Emery (11-5) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul.
No No Cardinal (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, led before 1st, headed after 2nd, chased leader until ridden and weakened after 5th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Orthodox Lad (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul, 14 ran.
Keyhole Kate 50-1 (8-12) Steadied start, always behind, last of 10, 13l behind Dawn Rock (8-3) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-55 (6) gf (flat).
Lily Potts 25-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on and no impression, 5th of 8, 14l behind Prospera (9-1) at Kempton 1m 4f flls hcp (0-70) (3yo+) (5) pol (flat).