Unless Donald McCain's hurdling newcomer Cordillera, who was lightly-raced on the Flat, proves above average this is probably best left to MELANCHOLY HILL, who was second at Newton Abbot last month and may be capable of a little further improvement. Freedom Flyer ran a shocker over C&D last time having finished runner-up in a claimer here on his hurdles bow but would probably still have finished ahead of Fine Style if that one hadn't come to grief and looks best of the rest.
Fine Style (IRE) 9-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, fell 5th, in a race won by Xenophon (10-5) at Stratford 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jul, 10 ran.
Freedom Flyer (IRE) 15-8fav (10-12) Chased leaders until after 5th, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Xenophon (10-5) at Stratford 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Red Zeus (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leader, chased leaders in 4th when mistake, weakened 3 out, tailed off, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Arctic Reach (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gf, 7 ran.
Cordillera 7-2 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway to 3rd over 3f out, disputing 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 8l behind Misty Isles (8-9) at Brighton 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Jun (flat).
Lady Chloe 4-1fav (9-6) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden and stayed on until headed 1f out, soon no extra, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Silken Thoughts (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul (flat).
Melancholy Hill (IRE) 5-1 (10-5) Prominent on inner, hampered 3rd, in 4th and ridden before and not fluent 2 out, chased winner before last, no impression, 2nd of 7, 12l behind Short Takes (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Symphony Of Love 150-1 (8-4) In rear, pushed along 4f out, soon outpaced, last of 5, 18l behind Joyously (8-6) at Chepstow 6f 2yo nov stk (4) gd in Jun '10 (flat).
The Absent Mare 8-1 (8-8) Held up in last pair, closed 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 30l behind Kepler's Law (9-6) at Chepstow 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May (flat).