PROMISING TIMES, a strong bumper performer, can take this first prize back to Ireland. Partnered by AP McCoy, this Tipperary winner ran very well on his recent comeback from injury and turned out just six days later he might prove too strong. Present To You sets the standard of those who have raced over hurdles and this 124-rated gelding is respected, although he passed up a good opportunity at Warwick on his final start last season. Frontier Spirit is respected on his hurdling bow given the record of Nigel Twiston-Davies both at this time of year and at this track, whilst Gordon Elliot is another to have plundered many a prize here in the past and his duo are not ruled out. Of the rest Fightstar and Devotion To Duty make most appeal.
Fightstar (FR) 8-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, chased leaders, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Skipper Robin (10-6) at Perth 2m NH flat (5) sft in Apr.
Frontier Spirit (IRE) 10-11fav (11-5) Led, headed well over 1f out, one pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 16l behind Brackloon High (11-5) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Harley Road (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 13th of 19, well behind Ifyoucouldseemenow (10-10) at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec '08.
Present To You (IRE) 10-11fav (11-3) Held up in touch, close up 8th until after 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 4th of 9, 13l behind Barafundle (11-9) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Promising Times (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Held up early, 5th halfway, ridden 3f out, no extra in 6th 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 7, 7l behind Bullock Harbour (11-11) at Listowel 2m N H flat.
Rossini's Dancer 14-1 (11-1) Tracked winner, hit 3rd, ridden after 4 out, lost place before 2 out, soon beaten, last of 5, 34l behind Wind Shuffle (11-12) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in May.
Skiddaw Jones 9-2 (10-0) Jumped right and not fluent, chased leader until after 4th, jumped slowly 6th, soon behind, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Calculaite (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd, 5 ran.
Traffic Article (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, no impression and kept on same pace from before 3 out, 6th of 13, 21l behind Imperial Shabra (10-11) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Treason Trial 18-1 (10-12) Held up in 5th, took keen hold, closed when mistake 8th, mistake 3 out, outpaced next, stayed on to take 3rd last, one pace, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Ben's Folly (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Devotion To Duty (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Held up behind, not fluent 5th, chased leaders 3 out, outpaced before next, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 25l behind Baaher (10-4) at Perth 2m mdn hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Solway Silver 14-1 (10-7) Always behind, 11th of 12, well behind Royal Swain (10-12) at Carlisle 1m 6f 3yo nhf (5) sft in Nov.
Legbeforewicket 50-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, weakened over 5f out, 14th of 16, well behind Wordy's Boy (10-13) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (5) gs in Feb.