GET HELP posted his best effort so far over hurdles when just missing out over 2m5f here a fortnight ago. He should have the measure of these if proving as effective on today’s testing ground. Sidi Ismael also finished runner-up here last month but disappointed at Stratford last time without any obvious excuse while Duc De Grissay was still well beaten when third over 2m at Hexham on his hurdling bow. Vamanos is fitted with headgear on his reappearance while Darius Des Sources debuts over hurdles and point-to-point winner Uncle Jonty debuts under Rules.
Darius Des Sources (FR) 20-1 (11-0) Led, shaken up 3f out, ridden over 2f out, headed and hung left inside final 2f, lost place over 1f out, no extra, 6th of 12, 9 3/4l behind December Second (11-0) at Ayr 2m (3) gd in Apr.
Duc De Grissay (FR) 40-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, lost place before 3 out, well beaten 2 out, kept on before last, went modest 3rd flat, 3rd of 10, 15 1/2l behind Raashdy (11-0) at Hexham 2m mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Get Help (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Disputed lead until tracked leader approaching 5th, hit 4 out, led after next, headed last, rallied run in, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Murphy's Law (12-0) at Kelso 2m 5f hcp (4) gs in Oct.
Rollerruler 20-1 (11-2) Always behind, pushed along approaching 7th, tailed off when pulled up before last, at Hexham 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Mar.
Sidi Ismael (FR) 7-2 (11-6) Chased leader until after 6th, chased leaders, weakened next, tailed off, 7th of 8, dist behind Happygolucky (11-6) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Uncle Jonty (IRE) 2-1fav (12-0) Hdwy 14; led last; stayed on wl, won at Aspatria 3m mdn gd in May beating Northern Executive (12-0) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Vamanos (IRE) 13-8fav (11-12) Chased leaders, not always fluent, mistake 3 out, 4th and beaten from 2 out, 4th of 8, 7l behind Sunny Destination (11-1) at Kelso 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Mar.