Ballincurrig bolted up in a Southwell bumper in April and has already won between the flags. But this looks a fairly hot maiden hurdle with both Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls having decent prospects in the line-up. The former runs Heronry, who justified shorts odds on his racecourse debut in a Fontwell bumper in June, but we prefer WILTON MILAN. A wide-margin winner of a point-to-point at Monksgrange in March, he cost new connections a pretty penny after that and they'll want to start recouping his purchase price sooner rather than later. Majorica King has been placed in five of his six starts over hurdles but lacks a bit of scope now while Cayman Islands and bumper winners Ron and Sertao are best watched at present.
Ballincurrig (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Prominent, led over 4f out, clear 2f out, eased and stumbled towards finish, won at Southwell 2m cond NH flat (6) sft in Apr beating Foundation Man (11-0) by 15l, 10 ran.
Cayman Islands (9-2) 2nd of 10, 4l behind Wingtips (8-11) at Deauville(FR) 1m 4f 3yo stks fbs in Aug '11 (flat).
Cornish Ice 50-1 (10-12) Prominent on outside, mistake 5th, beaten when jumped left and mistake 2 out, mistake last, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Kilcrea Kim (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct '10.
Dunlough Bay (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, effort 4f out, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace, no impression from over 1f out, 5th of 13, 17l behind Tolkeins Tango (10-7) at Chepstow 2m mdn NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Handsome Buddy (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Mid-division, mistake 1st, never on terms, mistake last, 7th of 13, 24l behind Thomas Crapper (10-12) at Worcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd.
Heronry (IRE) 4-6fav (10-12) Held up in last pair, headway 6f out, ridden to chase leader over 2f out, stayed on under pressure to lead over 1f out, drew clear final furlong, won at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Jun beating Kalmbeforethestorm (10-12) by 4l, 9 ran.
Majorica King (FR) 6-4fav (11-0) Raced widest of all, chased leader, led approaching 8th, hit 4 out, headed and mistake 3 out, soon dropped to 3rd, went 2nd again before 2 out, no impression from 2 out, weakened to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 4, 7l behind Featherintheattic (11-6) at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Marico (FR) 100-1 (10-12) Prominent, weakening when mistake 3 out, 11th of 13, 37l behind Thomas Crapper (10-12) at Worcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd.
Ron 7-1 (10-8) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden after 6th, weakened after next, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind The Jugopolist (10-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks (5) gs.
Sertao (FR) 12-1 (11-1) Led, not fluent 6th, headed after 4 out, weakened from next, 7th of 15, 41l behind Weekend Millionair (11-1) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Wilton Milan (IRE) 2-1 (11-7) Tr ldrs, 6th 1/2way, ld 2out, quickened clr on run-in, comfortably, won at Monksgrange 3m ire ptp gs in Mar beating Spitfire Ace (11-7) by 10l, 9 ran.