Shark Hanlon sends over Birzali for this and he has the past form to figure. Persian Herald and Shuh Shuh Gah have had plenty of chances, however, while both Western Prize and Cottesmore, winners on the Flat, need to improve markedly on their hurdling debuts to figure. ETHICS GIRL gets good ground over hurdles for the first time and can make it third-time lucky as she's been a good servant to John Berry on the level, winning six times between 1m and 2m1f. Lyssio could have a bit of scope and may be best of the rest.
Annelko 50-1 (11-0) Held up behind, headway and in touch 4 out, lost place next, soon weakened, 11th of 16, well behind Azure Aware (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Birzali (FR) 11-4 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakening when fell last, in a race won by Welsh Bard (10-8) at Sedgefield 2m 5f 4yo mdn stks (5) gd in May, 8 ran.
Cape Schanck 28-1 (10-13) Held up, mistake 3rd, ridden approaching 5th, hit 3 out and weakened, last of 7, well behind Vendor (11-0) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr '12.
Chain Of Events 10-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, mistake 4th, weakened next, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Fitandproperjob (9-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May, 9 ran.
Lyssio (GER) 8-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, headway approaching 3 out, 5th and beaten next, 6th of 15, 28l behind Hefner (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Mawaakef (IRE) 40-1 (8-13) Held up in last pair, headway on outside over 2f out, chased leading pair 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, outpaced to 3rd close home, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Ustura (9-0) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May (flat).
Persian Herald 12-1 (11-2) With leader, led after 4th, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner before last, 2nd of 10, 10l behind Acapulco Bay (10-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in May.
Played Away 150-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, ridden after 3 out, some headway 2 out, no impression, 8th of 12, 21l behind Twelve Roses (11-0) at Towcester 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Cottesmore (USA) 11-4fav (10-7) Chased leaders, travelling well in 4th after 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, no chance with winner, lost 2nd approaching last, weakened to 4th flat, 4th of 12, 27l behind Uhlan Bute (11-0) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in May.
Plus Fours (USA) 3-1fav (8-7) Tracked leaders, reminders 5f out, outpaced halfway, behind final 3f, last of 8, 41l behind Just Five (8-6) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in May (flat).
Ethics Girl (IRE) 11-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, lost place 5th, outpaced soon after 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, 37l behind Imperial Leader (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Rum Ginney 25-1 (10-7) Took keen hold in 3rd, chased winner approaching 2nd, hung left after 6th, lost 2nd next, soon beaten, 3rd of 4, 48l behind Molaise Lad (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f cnd/am sll hdl (5) sft in May.
Shuh Shuh Gah (IRE) 5-4fav (10-13) Held up in rear, headway before 4 out, ridden and one pace from 2 out, 5th of 9, 10l behind Jojabean (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Western Prize 2-1fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd briefly before carried right and slightly hampered approaching 2 out, 4th and well held when blundered 2 out, weakened between last 2, 4th of 9, 10l behind Four Nations (10-9) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in May.