ALPHA JULIET is selected to win this seller for the Matt Gingell yard. Great Compton and Little Shilling could emerge as the biggest dangers in this weak contest. Well beaten last time out at Fontwell, Alpha Juliet had previously finished a good second behind Corkage, a horse the Lucinda Russell yard hold in some regard. She raced rather keenly last time which quite possibly was her undoing over that near three mile trip. Great Compton returned from a long break to finish third last time in a similar contest to this. Off the same mark once again he would have to be considered but is rather inconsistent while Little Shilling makes his debut for a yard that are quickly establishing a reputation of improving others cast-offs. Storm Haven has indicated some ability in bumpers, finishing placed in two of her four starts in them. She was disappointing on her return to action last time but if she was to transfer her bumper form to hurdling she would have to be considered given her lightly raced profile and the moderate standard of her rivals. Alpha Juliet is selected to win the opener.
Blueberry Ice (IRE) 22-1 (10-7) Led until 3 out, weakened, 9th of 16, 45l behind Panjo Bere (11-11) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Dec.
Alpha Juliet (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) Held up, headway after 7th, ridden after 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 13, 27l behind Take A Mile (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
College City (IRE) 22-1 (10-13) Mistake 3rd, held up in rear, never on terms, 8th of 15, 27l behind Rival Bidder (10-13) at Southwell 3m sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.
Storm Haven 33-1 (10-10) Led until approaching 5th, weakened after next, 9th of 11, 34l behind Divali Princess (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs.
Catiline (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, ridden after 7th, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 48l behind Indigo Sky (9-13) at Exeter 2m 3f cnd nov hcp hdl (5) sft in Dec '06.
Tarkesar (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) In touch, weakened after 3 out, mistake 2 out, 7th of 11, 24l behind Marlborough Sound (10-12) at Towcester 2m sll hdl (5) gs.
Slo Mo Shun 11-1 (10-10) Lost touch 6th, no chance when pulled up at the 8th in race won by Vibe (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd, 8 ran.
Little Shilling (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Soon tracking leaders, led 3rd, hit 5th, headed 5 out, weakened after 4 out, 4th of 10, 23l behind Watch Out (10-1) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f sll hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Rojabaa 33-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway 6th to join leaders, soon ridden, weakened after 3 out, 7th of 10, 36l behind Alrafid (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f sll hdl (5) gd.
Only Hope 14-1 (10-13) In touch, ridden from 6th, chased leader before 2 out, weakened soon after 2nd last, 4th of 14, 24l behind North Walk (11-9) at Fakenham 2m cnd sll hcp hdl (5) gf in Oct.
Great Compton 12-1 (9-7) Ran without declared tongue strap, mid-division, headway 4th, not fluent 7th, mistake 10th, led after 3 out, soon ridden, headed approaching last, no extra flat, 3rd of 15, 6l behind Rival Bidder (10-13) at Southwell 3m sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5.
Purr 16-1 (9-12) Lost touch 4th, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Sonoma (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 6f sll hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Jun.