Fortunate Dave and Spectroscope put unbeaten hurdling records on the line in the concluding event on the second day of The Open meeting. The former, a middle distance performer on the level (rated mid 60s), made a winning debut over timber at Warwick earlier this month beating a large field in the process. The latter was of a similar ability on the level but may prove to be better at the winter game judged by his win at Kempton Park last month. Both have to be respected, as too do the likes of Short Change and Le Duc (first and second at Hereford last month), Ascot winner Star Protector, the more exposed Almnadia. However, Don Fernando was of a different ability to these on the level and, if able to translate his flat ability to hurdles, he should be too classy for these. Martin Pipe's representative gets the TEAMtalk vote.