An above average maiden for the time of year with around half the field bringing sound claims to the table. KNOW THE LAW is marginally preferred to First Avenue and Karky Schultz. Know The Law's only success on the level came on the all-weather in first time blinkers so there are doubts about his resolution but he has ability having been rated in the high seventies for much of his career. He made an entirely satisfactory hurdling bow behind a horse that showed up well for a long way in the County Hurdle and could improve for the experience, a more conventional track and quicker ground. First Avenue was also quirky on the level and his new team have wasted no time in slapping a pair of cheekpieces on him following his debut second on heavy ground over course and distance where he ran around in the closing stages. He was a higher rated horse on the Flat, is just the type that his trainer does well with and he holds every chance. Yossi is yet another useful Flat horse who wasn't straightforward and he stepped up on the form of his hurdling debut when third last time but probably lacks the potential of the two already mentioned. Similar remarks can be applied to Long Distance with respect to hurdling whilst Karky Schultz is more exposed having already competed in handicaps. He's proved competitive in that sphere and isn't underestimated but the claims of First Avenue and Know The Law are preferred with the latter getting the nod.
Know The Law 5-6fav (11-2) Keen, held up in rear, headway 4 out, chased winner soon after 2 out, challenged winner and every chance last, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Gloucester (10-11) at Fakenham 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Massams Lane 33-1 (9-8) In touch, lost place over 5f out, 13th of 16, well behind Miss Serena (9-2) at Great Leighs 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct (Flat).
The Wily Woodcock 80-1 (11-0) Held up, not fluent 4th, always in rear, 7th of 12, 43l behind Valento (10-7) at Warwick 2m nov hdl (4) gd.
Yossi (IRE) 9-4 (11-2) Held up in touch, chased winner approaching 2 out, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Midsummer Magic (10-9) at Fakenham 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Jan.
Cossack Prince 33-1 (10-12) Led to 4th, chased winner to before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Nino Cochise (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.
First Avenue 2-1fav (10-12) Held up in 6th or 7th, good headway to chase winner and hit 2 out, challenged on inside, went badly left and almost unseated rider last, ralllied towards finish, always held, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Ray Diamond (10-13) at Plumpton 2m 4yo.
Fizzical Fizz 80-1 (10-7) Mid-division, ridden after 4th, soon behind, tailed off when fell 3 out in race won by Jeu d'Esprit (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 2f mrs mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr, 15 ran.
It's My Day (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) In touch, ridden over 3f out, struggling final 2f, 11th of 13, 11l behind Apotheosis (8-13) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) pol (Flat).
Karky Schultz (GER) 16-1 (10-13) Held up, badly hampered and unseated rider 4 out in race won by Loco Grande (10-4) at Bangor 2m 1f 4yo nov hcp hdl (3) gs in Feb, 9 ran.
Long Distance (FR) 5-1 (10-7) Always prominent, not fluent 3rd, jumped slowly next, chased winner 3 out, ridden to lead approaching last, headed flat, not quicken, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Rockiteer (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Ullalujah 50-1 (10-9) Towards rear, ridden 4f out, weakened 3f out, 6th of 12, 42l behind Isintshelovely (11-2) at Fontwell 1m 6f mrs nhf (6) gd in Jan '08.
Rock Exhibition 4-1 (10-10) Held up, weakened 3 out and pulled up 3 out in race won by Sparkling Montjeu (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f 4yo fll hdl (4) sft, 9 ran.