MULLIGAN'S MAN didn't take to fences but wasn't disgraced over hurdles over this course and distance last month. He's won three times over timber and, dropping into a seller for the first time, can get back on track with McCoy doing the steering. The Wealerdealer would have a chance on his best form but hasn't raced since starting favourite over a longer trip at Wincanton in April. Kyles Faith won over fences here in May and looks the pick of the remainder ahead of Irish import Byron Blue and hurdling debutant Conducting.
Byron Blue (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Prominent, took keen hold, on terms approaching 5th, still 2nd into straight, soon no extra, 7th of 14, 30l behind Federici (11-8) at Limerick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-103 hvy in Dec.
Conducting 10-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 4, 8l behind Stand Guard (9-2) at Southwell 1m 3f sell stks (6) fbs in Mar (flat).
Kims Firebud 33-1 (10-12) Led, headed before last, no extra flat, lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 12, 9l behind Sureness (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Knowe Head (NZ) 5-2fav (9-7) Dwelt, held up towards rear and keen, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 8, 6l behind Landau (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct (flat).
Kyles Faith (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Led, not fluent 5th, headed approaching 9th, rallied 2 out, no extra closing stages, 4th of 12, 15l behind Captain Knock (10-0) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in Jun.
Medal of Valour (JPN) 40-1 (11-0) Prominent in chasing group, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off in 8th when blundered last, 8th of 11, well behind Benbecula (11-0) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Mulligan's Man (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, never nearer, 5th of 11, 13l behind Hi Tide (11-4) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
The Wealerdealer (IRE) 4-1fav (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, never on terms, weakened approaching last, 6th of 13, 23l behind Jimmy The Jetplane (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Noble Bacchus (IRE) 50-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, went right 4 out, every chance 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 9, 9l behind While You Wait (11-12) at Worcester 2m nov clm hdl (5) sft in May.