THORNTON ALICE was a shade disappointing at Worcester last time given she was a winner without a penalty having won a conditionals' race at Southwell before that. Richard Phillips' mare is given another chance in what looks a less competitive affair. Zafaraban has been placed a couple of times over timber and Arisda finished a lot closer when runner-up in a maiden hurdle at Hexham last time. Minella Fifty has a shout on his return to hurdling if reproducing his best form over fences.
Windwood Lad 8-1 (11-0) Chased leader, not fluent 4th or 6th, weakened 2 out, 5th of 10, 35l behind Reaping The Reward (11-3) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Minella Fifty (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Prominent, led 2nd, blundered badly and headed next, lost place, in touch, ridden 7th, weakened after 8th, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Glen Countess (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 6f 5yo nov hcp (4) gd in Jun, 6 ran.
Arisda 66-1 (9-11) Towards rear, ridden and headway before last, chased winner soon after, no impression, 2nd of 12, 11l behind Oscar Tanner (11-0) at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun.
Zafaraban (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Ran in snatches, chased leaders, lost place after 3rd, went 3rd after 2 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Strongly Suggested (11-10) at Stratford 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf.
Corso Palladio (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Led to 3rd, remained close up, ridden and lost place after 4 out, 7th of 8, well behind Victor Hewgo (11-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Thornton Alice 12-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, ridden to lead before 2 out, headed last, 3rd and weakened flat, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Emerald Rose (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Honour The World (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Held up, headway after 5th, pushed along after next, lost place before 7th, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind My Lad Percy (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in May.
Moorlands Jack 9-2 (11-11) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on from last, 4th of 16, 21l behind Vinnie My Boy (11-10) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Inside Knowledge (USA) 12-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, headway approaching 2 out, never on terms with leaders, 4th of 12, 14l behind Kusadasi (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Award Winner 33-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 6th, lost place next, tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Inside Knowledge (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.