Philip Hobbs has his string firing on all cylinders and his ROCK THE KASBAH (NAP), easy winner of a Ffos Las bumper last month, is fancied to make a winning start over hurdles. The Green Ogre looks the danger as he went close on several occasions last season, including in better contests at Ascot and Plumpton in the spring. Ringa Bay has won four times over fences but the four-year-old Kilgeel Hill has more scope and will be all the better for his fourth in a bumper last month.
Artful Dodger 100-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear on outside, took keen hold, headway after 2nd, not fluent 3rd, lost place next, well beaten 3 out, 7th of 9, well behind Nordic Quest (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Carole's Lord 18-1 (11-2) Led, headed 10f out, led 7f out until 4f out, lost place over 2f out, 8th of 10, 44l behind Thistlecrack (10-9) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Dude Alert (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Raced wide, held up, pushed along and outpaced after 5th, soon driven along and struggling, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Clonusker (10-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Henry Oliver (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Towards rear, pushed along 3rd, weakened before 4 out, last of 10, well behind Miles To Memphis (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Kilgeel Hill (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression when switched left over 1f out, 4th of 8, 7l behind El Namoose (11-10) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Oct.
Ringa Bay 40-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, led before 5 out, headed 4 out, led before 3 out, headed 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 17l behind Morito Du Berlais (11-4) at Exeter 2m 7f am nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Rock The Kasbah (IRE) 6-4fav (11-0) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, headway on outside over 5f out, 3rd going well over 4f out, 2nd 3f out, led 2f out, ridden clear final furlong, won at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (6) sft in Oct beating Scorpiancer (11-0) by 8l, 8 ran.
The Green Ogre 8-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway on wide outside before 3 out, chased leading pair from 3 out, hit last, went 2nd post, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Fergall (11-3) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Us Et Garry (FR) (10-3) in a race won by Il Duomo (10-3) at Fontainebleau(FR) 2m 2f 4yo hdl in Nov '13, 16 ran.