Irish Cavalier won a Worcester bumper very easily in May and could be a decent hurdling prospect. But he lacks the experience of SNAKE EYES, who went close on his hurdling debut at Kempton last year before finishing fourth in a race at Doncaster that featured some useful novices. His yard won this last year and McCoy's mount can follow up. Strollawaynow is nicely bred and has scope for improvement but Mission To Mars needs to learn to settle. Fergal Mael Duin and West End may need to have their sights lowered to get off the mark.
Fergal Mael Duin 40-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, led approaching 2 out, ridden and headed when not fluent last, no extra flat, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Count Guido Deiro (11-1) at Towcester 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Irish Cavalier (IRE) 2-5fav (10-12) Always going well close up, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, eased final 100 yards, won at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in May beating Mountain Of Mourne (10-12) by 4l, 7 ran.
Mission To Mars (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Prominent, took keen hold, led 6f out, headed 5f out, weakened 2f out, left 3rd just before line, 3rd of 7, 29l behind Solstice Son (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs.
No Routine (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 3rd 4 out, weakened before 3 out, last of 13, well behind Little Pop (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs.
Over My Head 50-1 (10-7) Towards rear, jumped badly left and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Just Cameron (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f NH mdn hdl (4) gd in May, 11 ran.
Saudi Pearl (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 15, 40l behind Horizontal Speed (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Snake Eyes (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders and keen, led 2nd, headed before 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 11, 11l behind Minella Forfitness (11-8) at Doncaster 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gd in Feb.
Strollawaynow (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, outpaced 4 out, some headway before 2 out, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 21l behind De Blacksmith (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) sft in Jan.
West End (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Mid-division, in 6th before 2 out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 13, 16l behind Little Pop (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs.