led, ridden after last, headed off last bend, stayed on same pace
in rear, not fluent 1st, blundered next, behind 7th
in rear, not fluent 3rd or 4th, went 5th at the 8th, weakened 10th
tracked leaders, went 2nd before 4 out, led off last bend, clear towards finish, readily
held up in 5th, went 4th from 7th, one pace and well held 2 out
tracked leader from 2nd until before 4 out, 3rd and well held from last, one pace
tracked leader until 2nd, lost place 6th, not fluent and behind from 8th
Birch Hill is a fascinating recruit to the chasing game as his career has been littered with problems and injuries throughout his early days with Nicky Henderson and since with Sophie Leech. He could well outclass this field if taking to this new discipline but RAISE A SPARK could prove a safer option. He has returned from nearly a year off with two runs, the latter of which revealed that the ability still remains when a close fourth in a Perth handicap hurdle. He'll prove hard to beat if able to repeat the best of last year's hurdling form on this chasing debut. The rest have plenty to find purely on hurdles' ratings but Oh Land Abloom and Sigurd are put forward as next best.
Birch Hill (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Towards rear, effort 4 out, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 15, dist behind Havana Beat (10-4) at Aintree 2m hcp (2) sft in Apr.
Luca Brazi (IRE) 150-1 (11-0) With leader, led 2nd, headed 4th, quickly lost place before 6th, pulled up, at Worcester 2m 4f (5) gd in May.
Our Uncle Pat (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) In rear, headway to chase leaders after 2nd, led before 4th, headed 6th, lost place next, tailed off 3 out, last of 7, dist behind Truckers Lodge (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f mdn (5) gd in May.
Raise A Spark 17-2 (11-11) Tracked leaders, took keen hold early, led 2 out, headed run-in, weakened towards finish, 4th of 7, 3l behind Morning With Ivan (11-0) at Perth 2m hcp (3) gd in May.
Ripstick 7-2 (12-5) A bhnd; t.o & pu aft 14, at Hexham Points 3m gd in May.
Sigurd (GER) 40-1 (12-0) In touch on outside, outpaced 2 out, weakened between last 2, tailed off, 9th of 11, dist behind Quest For Life (11-12) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in May.
Sussex Road (IRE) 100-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced from 3rd and dropped towards rear, weakened from 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, at Towcester 2m hcp (5) gf in May.
Oh Land Abloom (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, lost place 3 out, 7th of 12, 12 1/2l behind Bobo Mac (11-3) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp (3) gs in Apr.