Jonjo O'Neill sets a poser here with three entries. McCoy rides Foundation Man, who was well backed when second in a couple of bumpers at Warwick and Southwell last season and should make his mark over hurdles. Music Pick was third in a bumper here in May but the interesting one could be CHOSEN DREAM. He arrives with a healthy reputation from the point-to-point field and Barry Geraghty is a significant jockey booking. Smadynium went close a couple of times in bumpers and it will be a surprise if he's not placed to good effect over the next few months but Talkin Thomas, a winner at Newcastle in March, may struggle to give the weight away on his return and Barrakilla may need more time. Thomas Crapper has already had plenty of chances.
Talkin Thomas (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway approaching 6th, hampered by loose horse 7th, soon ridden, outpaced 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Makbullet (11-5) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Barrakilla (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Held up, headway on inside 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Population (10-9) at Ascot 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct '11.
Chosen Dream (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Twrds rr, 7th 1/2way & prog in 3rd well aftr 4out, 4l 2nd but no ch with wnr from 2out, so, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Clondaw Knight (11-7) at Inch 3m ire ptp gd in Apr.
Foundation Man (IRE) 7-4fav (11-0) Held up mid-division, chased leaders before halfway, chased winner over 2f out, no impression, 2nd of 10, 15l behind Ballincurrig (10-12) at Southwell 2m cond NH flat (6) sft in Apr.
Handsome Buddy (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Towards rear, effort over 4f out, soon headway, one pace and no impression, 5th of 13, 22l behind Azure Fly (10-13) at Stratford 2m cond NH flat (6) gs in Jul.
Marico (FR) 33-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders on outside, lost place and pushed along 6f out, 9th of 12, 39l behind Sandanski (10-8) at Bangor 2m 1f cond NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Mister Hendre 9-2 (10-11) Mid-division, headway 8f out, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 11, 30l behind Henri Parry Morgan (10-11) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Aug.
Music Pick (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Prominent, took keen hold, led 4f out, headed 3f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 16, 12l behind Broadway Buffalo (10-12) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.
Oscar Rainbow 100-1 (10-12) In touch on outside, lost place 5th, soon struggling, tailed off 3 out, 9th of 10, well behind Ahyaknowyerself (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Seymour Alfie 33-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 7th of 13, 20l behind Tolkeins Tango (10-7) at Chepstow 2m mdn NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Smadynium (FR) 10-3fav (10-10) Chased leader until over 3f out, soon ridden, stayed on to go 2nd again inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Gonow (10-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Thomas Crapper 22-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, pushed along after 3 out, headway next, kept on and jumped right last, no impression, 5th of 18, 20l behind Ambion Wood (11-12) at Sandown 2m 4f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4-7yo) (1) gs in Mar.
Scotsbrook Legend 28-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 6th of 12, well behind Faith Jicaro (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Aug.