Winter Star has a 7lb penalty to carry for the novices' hurdle that he won at Hereford last week that will make life tougher for him today and the Evan Williams-trained gelding looks best watched in a race that is taken to go to ENGLISHTOWN, with Wild Tonto rated the main threat. The selection has been running well over further of late but Jonjo O'Neill's gelding should not be inconvenienced by the drop in distance on this softer surface today and looks worth chancing in a competitive handicap. The Rocking Dock ran better at Perth when last seen in July and would have claims if able to build on that effort, while Bantry Bere has struggled since opening his account in a maiden hurdle at Market Rasen in December. Tim Vaughan's Wild Tonto has done little wrong of late and has to be considered but he may now be a shade high in the weights and preference is for Englishtown.
Winter Star 9-2 (12-0) Always prominent, led after 3 out, clear 2 out, eased towards finish, won at Hereford 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd beating Alecia (10-4) by 12l, 12 ran.
Orpen Wide (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Mid-division, outpaced 5th, no danger after, 8th of 12, well behind Los Nadis (11-4) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Aug.
Englishtown (FR) 9-2 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway 9th, challenging when mistake 3 out, still every chance last, weakened towards finish, 5th of 9, 10l behind Symbiosis (9-13) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Aug.
Idarah (USA) 5-1 (11-11) Held up behind, ridden 3 out, soon outpaced, weakened when pulled up 2 out in race won by Heir To Be (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Mar, 8 ran.
Dan Buoy (FR) 16-1 (10-13) In touch, weakened 6th, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Irish Whispers (10-5) at Fontwell 2m 4f clm hdl (5) gd, 12 ran.
The Rocking Dock (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Led, headed when hit 2 out, soon ridden, one pace and lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Buachaill On Eirne (11-11) at Perth 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jul.
Shannon Falls (FR) (10-8) 5th of 10, 22l behind Iris Du Berlais (10-4) at Auteuil 2m 2f hdl in Nov.
Bantry Bere (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, ridden approaching 7th, weakened after next, tailed off when pulled up 4 out in race won by Hypnotic Vibes (10-7) at Southwell 2m 1f beg chs (4) gd in Aug, 8 ran.
Wild Tonto (IRE) 7-4fav (10-13) Held up, headway 3 out, led next, ridden last, kept on until headed, no extra near finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Markington (10-1) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Aug.
Kilcannon Supreme (IRE) 9-4 (11-5) In touch, outpaced 3 out, no impression from next, 6th of 8, 21l behind Buachaill On Eirne (11-11) at Perth 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jul.
Herakles (GER) 16-1 (11-2) Behind, headway 3 out, ridden and effort next, kept on, no impression flat, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Markington (10-1) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Aug.
Heir To Be 25-1 (11-0) Towards rear, ridden 5th, one pace from 2 out, 5th of 12, 39l behind Supreme Being (11-5) at N Abbot 2m 3f sll hdl (5) gd in Aug.