A desperate affair which Osric would have won in a canter in his heyday with Nicky Henderson. Unfortunately, he's been difficult to train in recent years though the booking of McCoy here is a positive sign. Belle De Fontenay has to go on the short-list, despite racing for the first time since January, while Callhimwhatyouwant drops into a seller for the first time but has shown his best form so far over fences. Noel Kelly sends MIGHTY WHITEY over from County Derry and, though he's no world-beater, the seven-year-old has enough form in better races to suggest he should return home with the majority of the modest prize money.
Accordion Exhibit (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Led until 4th, tracked winner, just dropped to 3rd when fell 13th, in a race won by Sivola De Sivola (10-12) at Aintree 3m 1f nov chs (4) gs in Jun, 3 ran.
Bajan Sunshine (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Led, pushed along 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, well behind Representingceltic (10-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Dec.
Belle De Fontenay (FR) 5-1 (10-6) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 14, 7l behind Border Station (10-11) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Callhimwhatyouwant (IRE) 9-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, fell 2nd, in a race won by Coffee (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May, 10 ran.
Hilltime (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led 10th, ridden and headed last, one pace, flat, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Tommy Spar (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Aug '07.
Mighty Whitey (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Led, ridden and headed last, stayed on, held close home, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Seader (11-12) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Osric (IRE) 40-1 (11-11) Held up in rear, some headway before 3 out, disputed 4th 2 out, no impression, 5th of 8, 19l behind Man Of Leisure (11-3) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Rusty Nail (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, tailed off, 11th of 15, well behind Anay Turge (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Tignello (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) With leader, pushed along over 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 9, 18l behind Spoil Me (11-5) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (5) std in Jan.
Dubai Emerald (USA) 25-1 (10-2) Started very slowly, reluctant to race, tailed off throughout, last of 8, well behind Underwritten (11-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f am sell stks (6) pol in Jun (flat).