CASUAL STYLE gets the nod in the opener, where Painted Sky and Phoenix Enforcer can also go well. The last-named is trained by the shrewd George Baker, who applies blinkers to his charge for the first time tonight. Recent efforts have been less than encouraging, but she has enough ability to win a couple of sellers on the Flat last summer so the headgear might help to bring that out over hurdles. Painted Sky won a selling handicap hurdle at Plumpton last month and is tried over this shorter trip again this evening. He is down 2lbs in the ratings but goes well at the track and the yard is still in superb form, so he is respected. Trip and ground suit Zizou, who is well up to winning in this grade but who has been out of sorts lately and has a bit to prove and we prefer Casual Style. The David Pipe-trained filly showed the most promising recent form of any of these when runner-up at Stratford in a similar contest last time and with conditions in her favour a repeat performance may be good enough to get her home in front.
Painted Sky 10-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, hit last, one pace, 3rd of 14, 18l behind Maska Pony (10-11) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Casual Style 5-2fav (10-6) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, led after 3 out, clear before next, headed flat, no extra, 2nd of 14, 2l behind Bonzeno Queen (10-7) at Stratford 2m nov sell hdl (5) gd.
We're Delighted 20-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway after 5th, no impression after 3 out, weakened approaching last, 5th of 12, 18l behind Danse Macabre (10-3) at Huntingdon 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.
Zizou (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) In touch, driven and effort 3 out, soon ridden, no impression from next, 8th of 13, 19l behind Nono Le Sage (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Golden Square 8-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders on outside, driven and lost place 5th, behind when blundered 2 out, 10th of 15, well behind Skye But N Ben (11-6) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Apr.
Royal Prodigy (USA) 25-1 (10-1) Always behind, 8th of 17, 18l behind Exulto (11-5) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Apr.
Weet In Nerja 20-1 (10-8) Hampered 1st, soon pressing leader, lost 2nd after 6th, weakened 3 out, 4th of 10, 24l behind Vertueux (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Doubly Sharp (USA) 50-1 (11-5) With leader, led 2nd, ridden and headed after 5th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 11, well behind Den Maschine (10-12) at Towcester 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gf.
Eddie Dowling 66-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway approaching 5th, ridden after 3 out, hit 2 out when weakening, 7th of 13, 27l behind Jeu De Roseau (10-6) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf.
Quiditch D'ouxy (FR) 20-1 (10-8) Mid-division, hampered bend after 7th, headway next, weakened 4 out, jumped left 2 out, swerved to avoid loose horse when unseated rider last, in a race won by R'Cam (11-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp 0-90 (5) gd in Nov, 14 ran.
Dickie Valentine 20-1 (11-6) Towards rear, jumped right 3rd and 4th, hampered 6th, no chance when hampered 2 out, tailed off, 10th of 11, 47l behind Sir Monty (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Phoenix Enforcer 22-1 (10-9) Prominent, jumped right 3rd, stopped quickly after 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Ruby Crown (11-12) at Towcester 2m cond hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf, 13 ran.
Masterpoint 50-1 (11-5) Always behind, 6th of 11, well behind Hever Road (10-7) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd in Apr.
Risk Challenge (USA) 50-1 (10-9) Took keen hold in 4th, not fluent 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 6, well behind Cool Touch (10-12) at Towcester 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gf.