PRIORS GOLD has won twice over hurdles this year and looks to have a good opportunity to open his account on the Flat here. Gordon Elliot's charge is better than Bollistick, Maggie Aron and Rock Relief over timber and the biggest threat could come from the less exposed trio headed by Irish import Uncut Stone. The latter wasn't far behind the selection at Bellewstown in July and has his first start for new connections here. Barachiel may improve for the longer trip, but Lileo is having his first outing since May last year.
Bollistick 66-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Agent Archie (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (5) gd, 11 ran.
Lileo (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Held up, outpaced and no chance 3f out, soon lost touch, 4th of 6, 13l behind Caucus (9-3) at Chepstow 1m 4f 3yo mdn (5) gf in May '10.
Priors Gold 18-1 (9-5) Mid-division, late headway in 8th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 22, 2 3/4l behind Tupelo Honey (9-4) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 55-80 sft in Oct.
Rock Relief (IRE) 9-4fav (9-4) In touch, ridden and kept on one pace final 2f, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Goodbye Cash (8-11) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun '10.
Maggie Aron 50-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway to go prominent approaching 5th, weakened after 7th, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Dream Function (11-2) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) sft.
Barachiel 11-2 (9-3) Pushed along briefly leaving stalls, raced in 5th, hung left on bend 6f out, ridden in 4th over 3f out, driven 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 9l behind Indian Mist (8-12) at Windsor 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Oct.
Uncut Stone (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders on inner mainly 3rd, ridden 3f out, soon no impression and moderate 5th final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Tantalising (9-0) at Bellewstown 1m 4f mdn stks gd in Jul.