THE ROMFORD PELE ran Court Minstrel to four lengths in what looked a competitive maiden hurdle at Cheltenham last month. He can go one better here ahead of Roberto Pegasus, fourth in a Listed event at Kempton on his debut over hurdles and likely to improve for the experience. Suerte Al Salto, winner of a Fontwell bumper in May, refused to settle on his hurdles bow at Wincanton and had nothing left up the home straight. He's up against a couple of potentially decent novices here but should still make the frame as few of the others make much appeal on what they've shown so far.
Ask Scotty 150-1 (10-12) Always behind, well tailed off from 5th, went left last 2, last of 13, well behind Kings Flagship (10-12) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Ordensritter (GER) 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division on inside, closed when not fluent 2nd, weakened 5th, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Landscape (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) sft.
Planetoid (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway halfway, never nearer, 8th of 13, 42l behind Regal One (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Push To Exit 50-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, chased leaders under pressure over 2f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 7th of 14, 10l behind Gee Hi (11-4) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn NH flat (5) gs in Jan.
Roberto Pegasus (USA) 7-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, headway 6th, 4th and ridden 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 8, 11l behind Hawkhill (11-6) at Kempton 2m Listed nov hdl (1) gd in Oct.
Suerte Al Salto (IRE) 9-4 (10-9) Took keen hold towards rear, steady headway from 5th, chasing leaders when mistake 2 out, 4th and well held when hit last, no extra in 6th towards finish, 6th of 13, 12l behind Kings Flagship (10-12) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
The Romford Pele (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway when hampered 4th, challenging when not fluent 2 out, led when hit last, soon edged right and headed, not pace of winner, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Court Minstrel (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m mdn hdl (3) gs in Oct.
Vicator 25-1 (11-0) Mainly behind, never involved, 9th of 12, 40l behind Urubu D'irlande (11-0) at Taunton 2m 1f NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Zava River (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Not fluent 1st, always in rear, 11th of 14, 41l behind Kings Lad (10-12) at Wincanton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs.
Oscar Jane (IRE) Oscar mare out of Turrill House.
Turn The Tide 66-1 (9-1) In rear, outpaced 5f out, never on terms, 7th of 11, 13l behind My Good Brother (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Oct (flat).