NORTH WALK has travelled the breadth of the country to participate here and it may be worth taking the chance that he can contribute to the diesel costs. Fire In Cairo is a solid choice for the short-list whilst we'll be keeping a weather eye on Abbey Hall and Past Heritage. Much as the market may signal their chances it may also provide an indication to the chances of the selection. North Walk is a jump maiden after twelve starts and has run well below par the last twice but she is having her first run for a yard that has done well with their recruits from other stables. She has claims on the best of her form, a good pilot in the plate and may be rejuvenated by the change of scenery. Fire In Cairo represents a trainer with a good record at the track and the booking of the promising Rhys Flint also takes the eye. She is unexposed after just four starts and begins her handicap career on a realistic mark at a realistic level. Past Heritage is a dual winner over hurdles and has been running adequately over fences of late. Support would be encouraging for his chances as it would for handicap debutante Only Hope but perhaps the most interesting runner in that respect is Abbey Hall who drops in grade on her first run for a new yard following five starts in Ireland. All in all, it's an interesting seller to get us underway and North Walk is the hopeful choice to get us off to a winning start.
Abbey Hall (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Chased leader, mistake 6 out, ridden in 4th 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 11th of 18, well behind Do You Follow Me (11-6) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp hdl gd in May.
North Walk (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up, headway approaching 6th, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, jumped left 2 out, 11th of 16, 40l behind Rawaabet (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m sll hdl (5) gs in Sept.
Government (IRE) 80-1 (10-9) Led, headed approaching 3rd, weakened approaching 3 out, 5th of 13, 28l behind Oceana Gold (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nov hdl (4) gs.
Delta Lady 50-1 (10-12) Always behind, struggling from 5th, last of 11, 49l behind Hawksbury Heights (11-5) at Hexham 2m sll hdl (5) gs.
Silvo (NZ) 18-1 (10-9) Towards rear, never dangerous, 10th of 13, well behind Hawksbury Heights (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f sll hdl (5) gd in Sept.
Errol 16-1 (10-12) In touch, weakened 3 out, behind when pulled up 2 out in race won by Gamma Velorum (10-8) at Market Rasen 2m 1f cnd sll hdl (4) gd in Aug, 16 ran.
The Iron Giant (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) In touch, ridden 4 out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, well behind Three Lions (10-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f sll hdl (5) gf in Sept.
Glimmer of Light (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, mistake 8, soon pushed along and no chance, 6th of 12, 39l behind Silvergino (10-5) at Southwell 2m cnd hcp chs (4) gd.
Only Hope 50-1 (9-12) Rear of mid-division, mistake 4th, struggling next, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Argento Luna (10-5) at Huntingdon 2m nov hdl (4) gs.
Discomania 66-1 (10-0) In touch, ridden 10th, weakened approaching 3 out, 10th of 15, well behind Rival Bidder (10-13) at Southwell 3m sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Leprechaun's Gold (IRE) 16-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 7th, soon ridden, kept on same pace from 3 out, 4th of 14, 12l behind Nearly A Breeze (9-13) at Exeter 2m 3f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Musical Affair 100-1 (10-3) Always in rear, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Pips Assertive Way (10-11) at Stratford 2m sll hdl (5) gd in Jul, 15 ran.
Global Achiever 33-1 (9-10) Hampered 1st, mid-division, ridden halfway, weakened 6th, 10th of 13, well behind Yellow Flag (10-11) at Fakenham 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Nov.
Little Hotpotch 66-1 (9-13) Always behind, tailed off and pulled up 2 out in race won by Charles Street (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd, 12 ran.
Past Heritage 33-1 (10-12) Prominent until weakened after 3 out, 5th of 15, 20l behind Chrysander (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m nov chs (4) gf in Sept.
Fire In Cairo (IRE) 9-1 (10-2) In touch, headway 5th, effort approaching 2 out, one pace under pressure, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Rosie's Glory (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 1f sll hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in May.