An interesting opener, despite the small field. PADDYS RUNNER made all to get off the mark over hurdles on his second start at Plumpton. He can give 7lb to Impulsive American, a winner on the Flat who only weakened approaching the last on his hurdles bow at Perth and will know more today. French import Chic Name only found a useful juvenile too good at Worcester last month and Our Kylie has already been placed twice. Donald McCain's novices here are always worth a second look but Aussie Berry showed little on the level for Michael Bell.
Paddys Runner 1-3fav (10-12) Made all, clear from 2 out, pushed out, won at Plumpton 2m (4) gd in Sep beating Zabeel Star (10-12) by 29l, 4 ran.
Aussie Berry (IRE) 28-1 (9-1) Went right start, prominent, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 9th of 10, 8 1/2l behind Tingleo (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp (5) pol in Jul.
Chic Name (FR) 25-1 (11-0) Led, ridden before last, headed last, kept on, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Hadfield (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn (5) gs in Sep.
Impulsive American 3-1fav (10-12) Held up in touch in mid-division, not always fluent, headway before 5th, close 3rd 2 out, no extra last, 4th of 10, 11 1/4l behind Persiflage (10-5) at Perth 2m (4) gs in Sep.
Our Kylie (IRE) Evensfav (10-5) Chased leaders, lost place and pushed along from 3rd, headway 4 out, went 3rd before 2 out, soon ridden, no chance with front pair between last 2, 3rd of 6, 15 1/2l behind Boldbob (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f (4) gd in Aug.