This looks a very hot contest, despite there being only five runners. There is a possibility that Good Boy Bobby and The Some Dance Kid will take each other on for the lead. The former is the only course winner in the line-up but, like Donald McCain’s charge would probably not have lived with the other three over timber. GLOBAL CITIZEN can race keenly but did win a Listed handicap at Newbury last season and also a Grade 2 at Haydock. If his energies are channelled in the right direction, he should take all the beating as though Midnight Shadow also won a Grade 2 over hurdles last season he probably needs further. Brewin'upastorm also had form at the highest level as a novice hurdler and won’t be far away with a clear round.
Brewin'upastorm (IRE) 10-3 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, headway 3 out, chased winner from 2 out, soon ridden, one pace flat, 2nd of 9, 3 1/4l behind Reserve Tank (11-4) at Aintree 2m 4f (1) gd in Apr.
Global Citizen (IRE) 50-1 (11-10) Mid-division on inside, ridden and weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, dist behind Espoir D'Allen (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m (1) sft in Mar.
Good Boy Bobby (IRE) 4-9fav (12-1) Made all, shaken up 3 out, clear next, in no danger when not fluent last, driven out, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f (4) sft in Apr beating Quoi De Neuf (11-9) by 7l, 10 ran.
Midnight Shadow 17-2 (11-6) Held up rear of mid-division, headway 2 out, soon outpaced, well held when hampered and bad mistake last, eased heavily, 11th of 12, dist behind Paisley Park (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m (1) gs in Jan.
The Some Dance Kid (IRE) 4-6fav (12-0) Made all, reached for 6th, shaken up between last 2, stayed on run-in, won at Catterick 2m 3f (4) gd in Jan beating Skidoosh (11-10) by 1 1/4l, 3 ran.