A runner-up in both previous starts over track and trip, CIVIL WAR arrives on the back of a couple of wins on the Flat. Given his good form, Gary Moore's charge gets the vote to open his account in this. Money Talks was beaten less than a length here last month and should figure again along with Bermacha, fourth at Lingfield in November. Both Song Light and Flamingo Beat won on the Flat last year and may prove best of the hurdling debutants.
Blue Bear (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, weakened quickly before 2 out, 8th of 9, well behind Andy Kelly (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Civil War (IRE) 13-8fav (11-2) Held up in mid-division, travelling well in 5th before 6th, chased leaders in 4th 3 out, went 2nd well before 2 out, pushed along and making little impression when hung left approaching last, ridden and no extra flat, 2nd of 14, 10l behind Albert Bridge (11-2) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Feb.
Head Rush 14-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders 12f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 9, 37l behind Josses Hill (11-0) at Ascot 2m NH flat (5) gs in Nov.
Run Rabbit Run 50-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, lost place 6th, behind 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Max Ward (11-0) at Taunton 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr, 11 ran.
Trust Me Boy 100-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, weakened before 3 out, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Stiff Upper Lip (10-9) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr, 9 ran.
Flamingo Beat 12-1 (9-2) Led, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 22l behind Naburn (9-4) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Apr (flat).
Money Talks 20-1 (10-12) Held up in rear and in touch, challenged 4 out, led 3 out, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on run-in, held towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Flute Bowl (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Song Light 20-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 4th of 11, 3l behind Asia Minor (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Feb (flat).
Bermacha 33-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, hit 3rd, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, 5th of 6, 33l behind Paradise Valley (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Frank N Fair 50-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, mistake 2nd, pushed along after 6th, ridden and weakened soon after 3 out, tailed off, last of 6, 24l behind Miss Biscotti (10-5) at Fakenham 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Good To Dream Alflora mare out of Lady Phyl.
Make A Fuss 66-1 (10-7) Pulled hard in last pair, tailed off 5th, 7th of 10, well behind Azabitmour (10-9) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr.