Ravati deserved his success over course and distance in a maiden hurdle earlier this month having found one too good in two earlier starts but this represents a step up in class for Chris Grant's gelding and he may not be up to it with a better bet looking to be MARSOOL, who is preferred to Trumpstoo. Richard Fahey's gelding was nothing out of the ordinary on the level but created a favourable impression on his hurdling debut when landing the second division of the maiden hurdle that Ravati won and he has to be respected being open to further improvement. Sheena West's Mohanad won with plenty in hand when successful at Kempton earlier this month and makes more appeal than Jeff Pearce's Nicky Nutjob, who needs to improve on earlier form this term to trouble the judge. Neil King's Zepnove comes into this in great from having won her last two starts at Fontwell and Uttoxeter and she has every chance of completing the hat-trick. A penalty makes this more difficult for the filly though and marginal preference is for Marsool. There was plenty to like about the way that Don McCain's gelding won at Huntingdon last time when following up his earlier success at Newton Abbot and he can win again.
Marsool 8-13fav (11-5) Made all, challenged when hit 2 out, hard ridden and kept on under pressure, won at Huntingdon 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gf beating Dark Oasis (10-5) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Mohanad (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Soon chased leader, joined leader 2f out, led soon after, in command and eased flat, won at Kempton 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gf beating Alazan (11-5) by 5l, 7 ran.
Ravati (IRE) 15-8 (10-7) Tracked leader, joined leader after 3rd, led 5 out, clear approaching last (no time taken), won at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gf beating Classic Contours (10-12) by 6l, 9 ran.
Trumpstoo (USA) 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leader, led approaching 2 out, kept on well, won at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gf beating Monsieur Jourdain (10-12) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Fongoli 11-4fav (11-2) Chased leaders until ridden and weakened 4 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Olofi (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gd.
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 7-2 (10-12) Mid-division, headway approaching 6th, chased winner approaching 3 out, mistake last, soon beaten, 2nd of 12, 9l behind Dark Oasis (10-5) at Ludlow 2m 3yo mdn hdl (4) gf.
Regal Lyric (IRE) 11-2 (8-10) Held up in rear, soon chasing leaders, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Bow To No One (8-5) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf (flat).
Zepnove (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Made all, ridden after 3 out, not fluent last, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gd beating Choisir Breeze (10-12) by 1l, 10 ran.