Mick Channon has only ever had one previous runner in a bumper so it's interesting to see the West Ilsley maestro saddling Sgt Reckless here. He's related to Flat and hurdles winners and could go close but preference is for fellow newcomer MYSOCKS. A half-brother to Welsh National runner-up Giles Cross, he should have a future over jumps and may well be good enough for this with the ground riding on the soft side of good. Bertie Boru, Kalmbeforethestorm and Royal Native have already shown some ability and look the best of those with experience.
Bertie Boru (IRE) 100-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, outpaced over 4f out, kept on from over 1f out, 7th of 16, 14l behind Melodic Rendezvous (11-3) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Let's Be Famous (IRE) 100-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 3f out, never on terms, well held by leaders final 2f, 6th of 19, 22l behind Be All Man (11-2) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) gd in Dec.
Mysocks Lahib gelding out of Mystockings.
Romany Ralph Nomadic Way gelding out of Ringagold.
Sgt Reckless Imperial Dancer gelding out of Lakaam.
Smart Agent (USA) 7-2 (10-7) In rear, pushed along 9f out, headway over 6f out, went 3rd 5f out, soon no chance with front pair, demoted to 4th close home, 4th of 8, 19l behind Dj Milan (11-1) at Hereford 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) gd in Aug.
Buckhorn Tom 11-2 (10-13) Mid-division, pushed along and struggling over 4f out, 8th of 12, 19l behind Monkey Kingdom (10-13) at Ludlow 2m mdn NH flat (6) sft in Apr.
Kalmbeforethestorm 16-1 (10-12) Behind, headway under pressure 5f out, kept on final 2f, 4th of 15, 7l behind Stock Hill Fair (11-5) at Exeter 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) sft in Dec.
Royal Native (IRE) 9-4 (10-7) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway halfway, ridden in 5th over 5f out, plugged on to modest 4th over 1f out, 4th of 11, 12l behind Titchwood (10-3) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (5) sft in Mar.
Witchesintune 100-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 11l behind Glorious Twelfth (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f mares n h flat (4) sft in Apr.
Paupers Present (IRE) 11-1 (10-6) Raced wide, mostly chased winner until over 3f out, soon lost place, 7th of 12, 13l behind Monkey Kingdom (10-13) at Ludlow 2m mdn NH flat (6) sft in Apr.