Despite only beating one home, CONNECTIVITY was far from disgraced on his chasing debut here in June behind Ambion Wood. He had a much higher rating over hurdles than Abbey Wood and, with McCoy taking over the reins and a pair of blinkers to help him concentrate, Richard Newland's nine-year-old can open his account over the larger obstacles today. Abbey Wood will be interesting when given a thorough test of stamina while Spanish Optimist has few miles on the clock, though the ex-pointer may need this. Neither Finch Flyer nor What An Oscar are likely to figure unless something happens to the others.
Abbey Storm (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along 4 out, lost place 3 out, soon in rear and tailed off, last of 8, well behind Seebright (11-11) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Connectivity (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led 10th, ridden 3 out, hit 2 out, stumbled and headed, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 4, 5l behind Ambion Wood (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gd in Jun.
Finch Flyer (IRE) 4-1 (10-5) Held up, hampered 2nd, headway 8th, one pace 3 out, no impression on leading pair next, 3rd of 11, 15l behind Shalamiyr (11-4) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Spanish Optimist (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Made all, not fluent, mistake 6th, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 3m nov hdl (4) gs in May '12 beating Duke Of Monmouth (10-13) by 5l, 6 ran.
What An Oscar (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Led to 5 out, weakened before 4 out, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by On The Bridge (11-2) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jun, 15 ran.