LONG LUNCH won a Market Rasen bumper last month and his yard could hardly be in better form. He'll know what's required on his hurdling debut and is fancied to see off the challenge of Macbeth, second at Ballinrobe in July but having his first run today for Tim Vaughan. Snapchat should improve for his fourth at Uttoxeter while point-to-point winner Auld Sthock would have claims on his third at Clonmel in March but was much too keen at Fontwell when making his debut for Gary Moore.
Auld Sthock (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) In touch, ridden after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, beaten when mistake last, 9th of 13, 46l behind Breaking Bits (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH mdn hdl (4) gd in May.
Blue Bear (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, outpaced before 4f out, headway before 3f out, kept on to take 3rd place inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Father Edward (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gd in May.
Heading To First 50-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, tracked leaders in 3rd until over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 8, 25l behind Underwritten (11-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am sell stks (6) pol in Jun (flat).
Long Lunch 5-6fav (10-4) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, tracked leading pair over 4f out, led over 1f out, driven clear final furlong, readily, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f cond NH flat (6) gd in Sep beating Lawsons Thorns (10-11) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Macbeth (IRE) 10-11fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, moderate 3rd 4 out, closer 3rd next, ridden in 3rd 2 out, went 2nd before last, kept on run-in without reaching winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind The Ring Is King (11-4) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Jul.
Noble Friend (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) Pulled hard in touch, headway to modest 3rd approaching 2 out, soon ridden and found nil, weakened flat, 5th of 8, 30l behind Heronry (11-10) at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Slaney Star (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Towards rear, pushed along after 3rd, outpaced from 3 out, 5th of 11, well behind Kings Palace (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gd.
Snapchat (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Behind, struggling 4 out, plugged on from 3 out, went moderate 4th flat, never nearer, 4th of 14, 23l behind Ballyalton (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
State Department 40-1 (11-0) Mid-division on outside, lost place after 4 out, soon behind, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Timesremembered (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Top Chief 25-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, pushed along 8f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Father Edward (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gd in May.
Wah Wah Taysee (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Chased leader, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 12l behind King Of Strings (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Money Money Money 100-1 (10-5) Always behind, tailed off 6th, pulled up after, in a race won by Oscar Fortune (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft, 12 ran.
Norfolk Sky 16-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, kept on well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Man From Seville (8-11) at Lingfield 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep (flat).