SOMEMOTHERSDOHAVEM was only worn down close home by Calculated Risk in a similar contest at Ascot earlier this month. He's entitled to take his revenge on slightly better terms and gets the vote here as he should again beat Mcvicar, Little Dutch Girl and Lac Sacre. Calculated Risk had beaten Whipcrackaway here earlier but is 12lb higher now. Counsel is respected having returned to winning ways at Sedgefield but Leo Luna's latest victory at Bangor came over 3m and he may struggle for pace under his big weight. Ptit Zig's third in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham was a cracking effort so he can't be left out of calculations but this may be too tough for Thinger Licht and Bob's World.
Ptit Zig (FR) 22-1 (10-10) Mid-division, mistake 4th, closed from 5th, went 2nd before last where mistake, soon dropped to 3rd, stayed on, 3rd of 24, 6l behind Flaxen Flare (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo) (1) gs in Mar.
Leo Luna 5-2 (10-13) Mid-division, headway approaching 8th, ridden after 3 out, hung left and challenged last, stayed on well flat, led close home, won at Bangor 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd beating Kris Spin (11-0) by hd, 9 ran.
Calculated Risk 4-1 (11-12) Held up in mid-division, headway 4 out, not clearest of runs on long run to 2 out, chased leaders on outside after 2 out, ridden to lead last, held on gamely, all out, won at Ascot 2m Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo) (3) gd beating Somemothersdohavem (11-10) by hd, 16 ran.
Counsel (IRE) 6-5fav (11-7) Made all, soon clear, canter, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f am nov hdl (4) gd beating Glasson Lad (10-13) by 40l, 9 ran.
Thinger Licht (FR) 11-4fav (10-6) Held up in touch, closed 3 out, led before next where not fluent, driven out, won at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar beating Reyno (11-0) by 3l, 12 ran.
Somemothersdohavem 20-1 (11-10) Held up in mid-division, headway to chase leadrers after 3 out, went 3rd going well soon after next, challenged and every chance last, chased winner and stayed on well flat, just held, 2nd of 16, hd behind Calculated Risk (11-12) at Ascot 2m Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo) (3) gd.
Mcvicar 20-1 (11-12) In touch, outpaced 3 out, rallied to 4th approaching last, stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 16, 4l behind Calculated Risk (11-12) at Ascot 2m Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo) (3) gd.
Lac Sacre (FR) 33-1 (11-7) Towards rear, headway on outside approaching 4 out, chased leaders after next, not fluent 2 out, soon ridden and weakened between last two, 8th of 16, 13l behind Calculated Risk (11-12) at Ascot 2m Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo) (3) gd.
Whipcrackaway (IRE) 15-8 (10-12) Held up towards rear, steady headway 5th, chased leaders approaching 3 out, went 2nd after 3 out, ridden and every chance next, stayed on same pace approaching last, 4th of 8, 4l behind Dollar Bill (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd.
Bob's World 50-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, blundered 4 out, soon pushed along and weakened, 9th of 10, 26l behind L'unique (10-7) at Aintree 2m 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) gd.
Little Dutch Girl 7-2fav (10-13) Chased leader, led 3rd, hit 4 out, ridden and heade dbefore last, weakened flat, 7th of 16, 12l behind Calculated Risk (11-12) at Ascot 2m Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo) (3) gd.