This is wide-open with only a speculative vote going the way of MINELLA FRIEND. A mistake close home cost him the lead when odds-on at Exeter last time and he can make amends with a clear round. Maybe I Wont keeps finding at least one too good and Downtown Boy has also gone close on more than one occasion. Hit The Top has claims on his latest placed effort over track and trip while Royal Macnab showed a big improvement for his first start over hurdles. Vasco Pierji, Jac The Legend and Robbers Roost have all shown ability in bumpers and make their hurdling debuts today.
Bollin Line 2-1 (12-5) Hdwy aft 8; led on bit 3 out; v easy, won at Sinnington 3m ptp sft in Feb beating Candleford (12-5) by 3l, 14 ran.
Danby's Legend 16-1 (10-12) Always in rear, 13th of 15, well behind Howaboutnow (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Downtown Boy (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 3 out, close up in 3rd on outside when mistake next, soon chased winner and ridden, not fluent last, switched inside flat, well held final 50 yards, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Forthefunofit (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Grand Vintage (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Always behind, tailed off from 4 out, 9th of 11, well behind Ahyaknowyerself (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct '12.
Hit The Top (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Towards rear and in touch, ridden and every chance last, kept on and no impression with winner, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Sky Khan (10-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Jac The Legend 12-1 (10-7) Led, ridden 2f out, stayed on, headed close home, 2nd of 7, nk behind Ballybolley (11-0) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gd.
Maybe I Wont 14-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along weakened after 4 out, 6th of 9, 12l behind Zaplamation (10-1) at Wetherby 2m (3) gs.
Minella Friend (IRE) 4-5fav (10-12) Led, mistake 2 out, headed before last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 17, 4l behind Mosspark (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Robbers Roost (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Towards rear, headway over 6f out, chased winner 3f out, no impression, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Boogie In The Barn (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 2f nhf (6) gd.
Royal Macnab (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, soon chasing leaders, effort 2 out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Captain Cutter (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Three White Socks (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Towards rear, blundered 4th, pushed along 6th, weakened after 3 out, last of 6, well behind Walkabout Creek (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp hdl (2) hvy in Mar.
Vasco Pierji (FR) 6-4fav (11-2) With leader, led over 7f out, headed over 3f out, ridden and one pace over 1f out, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Fly Home Harry (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs.