A very interesting novices' hurdle featuring a number of runners who have shown promise in either bumpers or point-to-points. Halo Moon, winner of a NH Flat race at Towcester last December and second on his debut over timber at Ayr a month later, looks the pick of those with experience and Jason Maguire prefers him to stable companion Radio Nowhere. But we are just as interested in winning pointers FLEMENSON and Man In Black with preference for Jonjo O'Neill's charge, who was a very easy winner at Inch in March and looks to have plenty of pace. By The Boardwalk may be one to note for future reference but may need this after a lay-off and Ashes House is also returning from a lengthy break.
Ashes House (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Led to 5th, tracked leader, pushed along and weakened after 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Fourjacks (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov, 5 ran.
By The Boardwalk (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Mid div, close 4th 2out, chall 2out, no chance with wnr before last, ko, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Letbeso (11-7) at Tinahely 3m ire ptp gs in Oct '12.
Dancing Lancer 80-1 (11-0) Mid-division, driven after 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 10th of 15, well behind Carlton Jack (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks (5) gd.
Flemenson (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Chsd ldrs, 5th 4out & smooth prog to ld bef 2out, 5l adv & gng best bef last, row, easily, won at Inch 3m ire ptp sft in Mar beating Askamore Darsi (10-11) by 6l, 10 ran.
Halo Moon 13-8 (11-5) Tracked leaders, close up 3 out, ridden and 4 lengths down 2 out, staying on when blundered last, not able to get back on terms with winner, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Imjoeking (11-5) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Man In Black (FR) 9-2 (11-7) Tr ldrs, ld 2out, lft ld bef last & row, won at Loughbrickland 3m ire ptp gs in Apr beating Catalaunian Fields (11-7) by 6l, 11 ran.
Minellaforlunch (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway and in touch when slipped up on bend before 4 out, in a race won by Creepy (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd, 14 ran.
Oak Wood (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Mid div best, wknd 4out, pu 3out, in a race won by Clues And Arrows (12-0) at Ballysteen 3m ire ptp gd in Apr, 15 ran.
Radio Nowhere (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden after 7th, not fluent next, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Silver Eagle (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Rio Milan (IRE) 13-2 (11-3) Always prominent, chased winner over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Dealing River (10-9) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gf in Apr '11.
Rocky Island (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Ld from 1st, hdd aftr 3out, chall 2out, so to ld again bef last, held on gamely, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in May beating Young Qc (12-0) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Shipton 5-1 (11-3) Towards rear, weakened before 4f out, last of 12, well behind Devenish Island (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Wotsthecatch (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Tracked leader until pushed along 6f out, weakened 4f out, 5th of 8, 33l behind Tara Muck (10-4) at Southwell 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Sep.