Gas Line Boy was beaten under a penalty at Exeter last month but still sets a decent standard here and has the beating of Alberobello on the form book. However, this looks quite competitive with Big Jer and Buck's Bond worth noting on their debuts under Rules. They make more appeal than fellow winning pointers Ikie Mo, Musical Knight and Rocky Bender on this occasion. Royal Native was third on his hurdles bow at Towcester but WILLOUGHBY HEDGE's run behind Cloudy Copper at Exeter looked a better effort and Alan King's King's Theatre gelding is fancied to open his account today.
Gas Line Boy (IRE) 7-4 (11-4) Jumped slightly left, led, ridden and joined when not fluent 2 out, soon headed, switched left before last, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Atlantic Roller (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Alberobello (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, ridden after 8th, weakened approaching 3 out, mistake last, 7th of 8, 28l behind Atlantic Roller (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Big Jer 7-2 (12-0) Mostly chsd ldrs in 3rd until 2nd 6out, disp from bef 2out until cl 2nd on outer when lft in ld last, won at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp in Jun beating Heroinahalfshell (11-4) by 15l, 13 ran.
Buck's Bond (FR) 4-1 (12-0) won at Trebudannon 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Barney Again (12-0) by 6l, 8 ran.
Fanjos Luck (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Dr Bernish Lass.
Ikie Mo (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Led until 2nd chased leader, hit 3rd, led again 7th until next, soon ridden, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Cloudy Copper (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Musical Knight (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Pr, ld 4th, hdd 6th, ld 2nd app str, kow to ld run-in, won at Kilmallock 3m ire ptp gs in Apr beating Credos Island (12-0) by 1l, 10 ran.
Present Accepted 250-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, hit 3rd, pushed along before 4th, tailed off from 7th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Rolling Aces (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov '11, 11 ran.
Rocky Bender (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Ww, gd prog to ldrs 3out, eff last, ld close home, won at Loughbrickland 3m ire ptp gs in Oct '10 beating Clausen (12-0) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Royal Native (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway 6th, went 2nd 3 out until approaching next, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 15, 8l behind Ardkilly Witness (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Standing Ovation (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway after 6th, raced wide before next, ridden after 9th, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Boyfromnowhere (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Virginia Ash (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division on inside, pushed along before 8th, soon struggling, plugged on to modest 5th flat, 5th of 13, 29l behind Cloudy Copper (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Willoughby Hedge 10-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-divison on inside, pushed along and steady headway 8th, chased leaders before 3 out, 4th and held when not fluent and left 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Cloudy Copper (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.