Lyssio was rated higher on the Flat than both Amen and Four Nations but all three of them were well beaten on their respective hurdling debuts. A chance is taken that WESTERN PRIZE can make a better fist of it as he was a decent handicapper on the level for Ralph Beckett and will know his job on his first start for Tim Vaughan. Imperial Stargazer was still beaten 14 lengths when runner-up at Wincanton last time and Somchine's second to Suerte Al Salto at the same track looks stronger form.
Amen (IRE) (11-5) 5th of 6, 34l behind If I Had Him (11-10) at Les Landes(JER) 2m hcp hdl gd in Apr.
Four Nations (USA) 5-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, mistake 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 6th of 12, 33l behind Flying Phoenix (10-3) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Lyssio (GER) 8-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, headway approaching 3 out, 5th and beaten next, 6th of 15, 28l behind Hefner (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Snowball (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway 6f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 15, 29l behind Big Casino (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Somchine 12-1 (11-0) Reluctant to go to post, behind, headway 2 out, chased winner approaching last, never able to challenge, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Suerte Al Salto (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Apr.
Western Prize 25-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 14th of 34, 35l behind Aaim To Prosper (9-10) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct (flat).
Imperial Stargazer 20-1 (10-9) Chased leader, every chance approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 2nd of 7, 14l behind Fair Trade (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Bravo Belle (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, took keen hold, weakened over 2f out, last of 5, 19l behind Resplendent Alpha (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f sell stks (6) pol in Dec (flat).
Cariflora 25-1 (10-9) Took keen hold in 5th, pushed along to chase leaders after 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Definite Ruby (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Rachael's Ruby 50-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, closed after 5th, weakened from next, remote 5th when pulled up before last, in a race won by Iron Butterfly (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Mar, 8 ran.
Star Hill 10-1 (9-4) Led 2f, chased leader, pushed along over 3f out, lost 2nd 2f out, weakening when hampered approaching final 2f, soon eased, tailed off, last of 10, 22l behind Highlife Dancer (8-12) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep (flat).