Paul Nicholls likes going in hunt of winners at this venue and his CONFLICTOFINTERST sets a clear standard in this Maiden Hurdle and should take all the beating leaving Dirty Deal and Rimini fighting for minor cash. Rated a more than useful 133 the pick was booked in to win his last race until he blundered at the last. He's been off since but this top yard is more than capable of getting one ready and he looks the class act here. Dirty Deal has been progressive in bumpers and was an easy winner on fast ground at Plumpton last time out. He'll have to improve for introduction to hurdles but he looks set for a big run at the places. Rimini wasn't beaten far on his debut in a French bumper and has since run up some form in the British point scene. He won't have to show a great deal more to land some prize money so looks one for each-way punters. Saddlewood has a career best effort to build so could also get in the mix but Conflictofinterst should be far too good.
Conflictofinterest 7-4 (10-9) Hampered 1st, tracked leaders, led 8th, quickened clear after 3 out, 10 lengths ahead and in command when hit last and sprawled on landing, hung left and headed towards finish, not recover, 2nd of 5, nk behind Shore Thing (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m nov chs (4) gf in May '09.
Georgie's Grey 14-1 (12-0) in a race won by Dr Sparrow (11-7) at Detling 3m ptp gd in Mar, 11 ran.
I Need A Hero (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 7th, went 3rd before 3 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 10, 19l behind Kilbrannish Hill (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Nehemiah 20-1 (10-12) In touch on outside, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden and lost place, weakened before next, 7th of 9, 45l behind Lidar (10-12) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr.
Out To Impress (IRE) 200-1 (10-11) Led after 1st, headed approaching 6th, weakened approaching, 2 out, eased, 8th of 10, 35l behind Blue Eyed Eloise (10-7) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gf.
Rimini (FR) 6-4 (11-7) Held up; stdy hdwy 8; led 13; ro wl, won at Pentreclwydau 3m ptp gd beating Failte Arais (12-0) by 4l, 8 ran.
Western Palm (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Behind, mistake 4th, headway approaching 7th, weakened before next, poor 4th and no chance when hit 2 out, 4th of 9, well behind Calon Crwbin (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Crimson Canyon (IRE) Montjeu gelding out of Fleur.
Keckerrockernixes (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) In rear when blundered and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Ardmaddy (10-7) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gf, 10 ran.
Saddlewood (IRE) 80-1 (10-13) Toook keen hold in mid-division, kept on from 3 out, not pace to trouble leaders, 4th of 14, 21l behind Mayberry (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Dirty Deal 10-3 (10-9) Disputed lead until led after 4f, ridden clear over 2f out, edged right inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) gf beating Willy Be Lucky (10-7) by 6l, 11 ran.
Our Guardian Angel (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Chasing leaders after 1st, went 2nd 3rd to 5th, weakened 3 out, 7th of 11, 36l behind Playing With Fire (10-13) at Leicester 2m mrs nov hdl (3) hvy in Jan.