Hereford winner ANOTHER BILL defied a penalty to win over track and trip a fortnight ago and carries a double penalty today. But Nicky Richards‘ charge has little to fear from today’s opposition given what little they have shown over hurdles so far and can go in again. Grays Choice has won a bumper but was pulled up on his hurdling bow while though Tree Of Liberty has placed in a bumper at Market Rasen he goes hurdling for the first time. Point-to-point winner Grey Storm failed to complete on his debut over timber but Christmas In Usa went close over hurdles when trained in France, though has his first start since May.
Another Bill (IRE) 9-4 (11-5) Held up, mid-division, headway 3 out to track leaders, ridden before and not fluent last, led run-in, kept on, won at Kelso 2m 7f (4) gs in Oct beating Arctic Destination (10-12) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Christmas In Usa (FR) 12-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, modest headway 2 out, never any chance, 5th of 9, 31 3/4l behind Traditional Dancer (10-9) at Perth 2m 4f mdn (5) gd in May.
Crookofdevon 150-1 (10-12) In rear, lost touch 5th, tailed off, 8th of 9, dist behind Caius Marcius (11-5) at Perth 2m (4) gd in Jun.
Elusive Classic (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Always behind, 10th of 13, dist behind Kalaniti (10-7) at Kelso 2m mdn (4) gs in Oct.
Grays Choice (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) In rear, pulled up after 4th, at Hexham 2m 4f mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Grey Storm (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, dropped to mid-division after 6th, lost place 8th, soon behind, pulled up after 4 out, at Ayr 2m 4f mdn (5) gs in Oct.
Lansdowne Road (IRE) 20-1 (12-0) Held up; hdwy 14; one pce 3 out, 4th of 8, 9 1/2l behind Siege Of Troy (12-0) at Kingston St Mary 3m gd in Apr.
Robins Legend (IRE) 80-1 (10-11) Held up, behind, ridden 3 out, hung right after 2 out, never dangerous, 5th of 7, 34 1/4l behind Another Bill (11-5) at Kelso 2m 7f (4) gs in Oct.
Tiger Mountain (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Always behind, tailed off halfway, 7th of 9, 37l behind Thomas Campbell (10-12) at Kelso 2m (5) gd in May.
Tree Of Liberty (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Held up, in touch, headway over 6f out, chased leaders over 2f out, kept on well, never a threat, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Boreham Bill (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f (6) gd in Oct.