Karinga Dancer ran well in three starts in bumpers early this year without winning and will be a popular choice for a yard in flying form on his hurdling debut. But Victor Dartnall is also turning out plenty of winners and AMBION WOOD gets the vote. He scored by five lengths in a bumper at Uttoxeter in March and can land this if taking to hurdling. Petit Ecuyer already has experience over timber and went close at Lingfield when last seen at the track, while Farbreaga wasn't disgraced on his hurdling debut at this course back in April.
Ambion Wood (IRE) 3-1fav (11-3) Held up in rear, headway 11f out, challenged 3f out, led over 2f out, clear inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar beating Slightly Hot (11-3) by 5l, 12 ran.
Bariolo (FR) 33-1 (11-0) Prominent, not fluent last (normal 3 out), chased winner soon after until bypassing normal 2 out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 20, 11l behind Cody Wyoming (11-0) at Lingfield 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Mar.
Carriglea Wood (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, behind 7th, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind So Fine (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct.
Cecconi (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3 out, green edged right and weakened approaching final 2f, 9th of 10, 22l behind Population (10-9) at Ascot 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Dalhaan (USA) 40-1 (10-12) In touch, pushed along after 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 8th of 11, 34l behind Well Regarded (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Farbreaga (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Led, pushed along before 7th, hit 4 out, soon ridden, weakened 2 out, 4th of 9, 11l behind Adrenalin Flight (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Fox Appeal (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Led, headed over 5f out, lost place 4f out, soon weakened, 11th of 14, well behind Golden Gael (10-9) at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Gunna Sound (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of Naughty Executive.
Karinga Dancer 3-1fav (11-4) Led, hard ridded from 2f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 16, 2l behind Josh's Dreamway (10-11) at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gd in Apr.
Orvita (FR) 66-1 (12-0) Fell 1, in a race won by Certain Flight (12-0) at Kingston St Mary 3m ptp gd in Mar, 17 ran.
Petit Ecuyer (FR) 33-1 (11-0) In touch in mid-division, headway 5th, led after last (normal 3 out), headed bypassing normal last, unable to quicken, 2nd of 20, 1 3/4l behind Cody Wyoming (11-0) at Lingfield 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Mar.
Philadelphus 12-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, 5th of 12, well behind Bolton Hall (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May '09.
Stealing The Line (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up, pushed along after 4th, mistake 6th, soon beaten, tailed off, 4th of 7, well behind Bedouin Bay (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Easter Lad 100-1 (10-7) Unruly before start, held up in 5th, struggling to keep up before 7th, well behind 9th, last of 5, 49l behind Akbabend (11-4) at Worcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.