Alphabetical Order has clearly had his problems, this being only a fifth start since the autumn of 2011. He's not been seen since last October when beaten in a two-horse race but connections obviously consider perseverance to be worthwhile. He may well be a class above these as he's not being highly tried on this return to action but Donald McCain enjoys a fine record at this venue and LYRIC STREET is preferred. Still lightly-raced over timber, the gelding enjoyed a recent Fibresand sharpener and has already shown signs of promise in just three hurdling starts. Bobs Lady Tamure and Il Testone are the each-way options, both having shown fair from in similar contests.
Alphabetical Order 7-4 (10-12) Tracked winner, not fluent 5th or 3 out, soon shaken up to try and challenge, not fluent 2 out, no impression last, last of 2, 4l behind New Year's Eve (10-12) at Worcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Oct.
Apache Pilot 150-1 (10-6) In touch, hampered 1st, weakened before 4 out, 5th of 9, well behind Katachenko (11-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Apr.
Carthaginian (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Held up, pecked 5th, soon left behind, 4th of 6, 42l behind Such A Legend (11-0) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Apr.
Crow Down (IRE) 3-1 (10-13) Mid-division, pushed along 6f out, hampered on inside 4f out, switched right over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 11, 38l behind Plain Sailing (11-6) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jul.
Il Testone (FR) 25-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, pushed along 4 out, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 25l behind Landecker (11-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Apr.
Irish Review (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Mid-division, 8th halfway, headway in 5th 2f out, challenged 1 1/2f out, ridden to dispute 1f out, asserted close home, won at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks gd in May '11 beating Ansgar (9-5) by 1/2l, 19 ran (flat).
Lyric Street (IRE) 9-4 (11-2) Led, hit 2nd, pressed from 3 out, headed before next, ridden and looking one in 2nd when fell last, in a race won by Dark Dune (11-2) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb, 6 ran.
Verdasco (FR) 33-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, ridden after next, modest headway 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 37l behind Lord Brendy (11-0) at Kelso 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Bobs Lady Tamure 8-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, headway before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on, 4th of 12, 10l behind Wintered Well (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.
Looking Glass 25-1 (10-6) Mid-division, hit 1st, headway when mistake 4 out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, well behind Cape York (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Manyshadesofblack (IRE) 200-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, jumped right 3rd, lost place 4th, no danger after, 9th of 12, 50l behind Cape York (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Lilly's Legend 33-1 (10-0) Prominent, lost place before 5th, well beaten before 2 out, 8th of 14, 29l behind Frankie's Promise (11-6) at Hexham 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.