Vide Cave won a minor contest in the French provinces in May but that means he carries a penalty in this on his first start for Paul Nicholls and is conceding 7lb to OSCAR ROCK. Malcolm Jefferson's five-year-old looked a very smart prospect in bumpers last season, winning a Listed race at Newbury in February, and can make a winning start to his hurdles career. Sealous Scout, Zermatt and Run Ructions Run were also bumper winners last season and are worth following while Straidnahanna won a maiden point-to-point in Ireland in April, though may find a few of these too speedy.
Vide Cave (FR) (10-5) won at Le Lion D'angers(FR) 2m 2f 4yo hdl sft in May beating Victorieux Vivo (10-5) by 4l, 11 ran.
Balinderry (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, jumped slowly and lost place 3rd, struggling before 3 out, went remote 4th 2 out, 4th of 9, 25l behind Bowie (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Gloshen (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Always well behind, tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Plan Again (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct, 10 ran.
Mr Kealshore 20-1 (11-1) Held up, struggling 7f out, 9th of 12, 43l behind Line D'aois (10-11) at Hexham 2m cond NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Oscar Rock (IRE) 11-4fav (11-3) Chased leader, led over 3f out, clear over 1f out, easily, won at Newbury 2m Listed NH flat (1) sft in Feb beating Vago Collonges (10-7) by 8l, 10 ran.
Sealous Scout (IRE) Evensfav (11-3) Led, headed 12f out, led again 5f out, edged left over 2f out, ridden out, won at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Feb beating Spencer Lea (10-10) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Straidnahanna (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Ww, prog 4out, eff to ld last, wknd & all out close home, won at Largy 3m ire ptp sft in Apr beating Tara More (11-7) by nk, 9 ran.
Zermatt (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) In touch, ridden over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon edged left, just held on, driven out, won at Hexham 2m nhf (6) gd in Apr beating Powderonthebonnet (10-12) by hd, 15 ran.
Cinnomhor 20-1 (10-10) Held up, jumped slowly and mistake 1st, jinked right, then left and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Sultana Belle (10-10) at Hexham 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 4 ran.
Run Ructions Run (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, led 5f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, stayed on same pace over 1f out, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Keshi Pearl (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m mares n h flat (6) hvy in May.
Solstice Dawn 33-1 (10-5) Mid-division, jumped slowly 6th, no impression 2 out, soon well beaten, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Hidden Horizons (10-12) at Hexham 3m mares mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.