A maiden winner on the Flat at Hamilton, Cottesmore makes his hurdling debut on his return to action. He's sure to be a popular choice for his in-form yard but MINGUN BELL could prove better value. The latter is rated higher on the Flat than the likely favourite and could make a bold bid on his hurdling bow. Audacious swerved and unseated his rider at this track on his first attempt over obstacles but Bertie's Desire is getting steadily closer and could be thereabouts along with Midnight Thomas.
Arkansas Dave (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Chased leaders early, 5th and slight mistake at 4th, 6th halfway, towards rear and ridden 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Kilcarry Bridge (11-1) at Sligo 2m 2f Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) sft.
Audacious 12-1 (10-12) Led, pulled hard, jumped left 1st, headed 2 out, 3rd and weakening when tried to refuse and unseated rider last, in a race won by Cool Macavity (10-12) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd, 4 ran.
Bertie's Desire 50-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, went 3rd before next, no extra in 4th between last 2, dropped to 5th last stride, 5th of 18, 15l behind Benefit Cut (10-9) at Kempton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Camera Shy (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, weakened after 4 out, 8th of 16, well behind Bob's World (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Keen's Token 100-1 (10-7) Green early, in rear, weakened 5f out, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Broadway Buffalo (11-7) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Oct.
Mingun Bell (USA) 50-1 (9-6) Held up, some headway and edged left over 1f out, no impression, 7th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Forceful Appeal (9-0) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr (flat).
Minstrel Lad 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, chased clear trio 6th, lost place after 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 44l behind Red Courtier (11-0) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Oakmoss (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Mid div til fell 6out, in a race won by Brandy And Pep (12-0) at Tyrella 3m ire ptp gd in Mar, 13 ran.
Officially Modern (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Held up behind in touch, struggling 8th, soon lost touch, tailed off before 3 out, last of 8, well behind Highland Retreat (10-4) at Exeter 2m 7f am nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Sedgemoor Express (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) In rear, not fluent 1st, lost touch with leaders from 3rd, went remote 3rd latter stages, 3rd of 7, 46l behind King of Dudes (10-13) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr.
Uhlan Bute (FR) 16-1 (10-12) In touch, pushed along before 2 out, stayed on flat, went modest 4th final stride, 4th of 18, 14l behind Benefit Cut (10-9) at Kempton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Cottesmore (USA) 11-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, pressed leader over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 8l behind Eastern Destiny (8-8) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Sep (flat).
Midnight Thomas 8-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway when not clear run 2f out, not much room over 1f out, nearest finish, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Lurcher (10-12) at Lingfield 1m 5f 4yo n h flat (6) std in Jan.
Primacy (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Dwelt, held up towards rear, weakened and tailed off over 4f out, 6th of 7, well behind Adili (9-1) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) fbs in Jul (flat).