NINE STORIES can make a winning reappearance at the expense of Bob's Dream and Premier Dane. A progressive novice, his career has been blighted by injury and with connections keeping the faith after such a long absence, that is enough to make us believe that he has shown something worth the training fees. Bob's Dream won off a chase mark of 115. He is clearly in form and rated 4lb below over hurdles. Premier Dane is tried in a tonguestrap. He is difficult to catch right though is not devoid of ability. The Panama Kid has been novice chasing of late without much success. He has shown some aptitude for hurdles in the past so the market is watched. Still At Lunch is a standing dish at this course though has gone up plenty in the weights. Sunarri faced a difficult task in better company last time out and may be more suited to this engagement. Not an easy race to unravel and Nine Stories is the call in it.
Premier Dane (IRE) 13-2 (11-9) Mid-division, under pressure 8th, driven and headway before 3out, outpaced after next, stayed on after last, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Ramsden Boy (10-13) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Nine Stories (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Never travelling or jumping with any fluency, always in rear, reminders after 5th, struggling from next, 6th of 8, 45l behind Higgy's Boy (11-9) at Ascot 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl (2) gd in Mar '09.
Cassius (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, no impression from next, 4th of 7, 10l behind Andytown (11-12) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gd.
The Panama Kid (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Held up, headway 5th, blundered and lost place 7th, hit next, 6th when not fluent 12th, weakened approaching 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Phone In (10-10) at Ayr 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd.
Nevertika (FR) 7-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, hard ridden and effort approaching 2 out, weakened next, 7th of 12, 16l behind Ramsden Boy (10-13) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Modicum (USA) 50-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 11th of 14, 50l behind Ramsden Boy (10-3) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Sunarri (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Bygones Of Brid (11-8) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Mar, 11 ran.
Sea Storm (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up behind, hit 4th and next, outpaced after 4 out, weakened next, last of 6, 49l behind Sir Tantallus Hawk (11-12) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Hazeldene 16-1 (11-3) Raced keenly, led after 1st, headed 4th, with leader, lost place before 7th, soon behind, tailed off 3 out, 9th of 12, well behind Humbie (11-4) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Still At Lunch (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Led to 3rd, chased leader until after 2 out, weakened and mistake last, 6th of 11, 16l behind Spirit River (11-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Bob's Dream (IRE) 11-4fav (11-9) In touch main group, headway to track leading pair 2 out, went 4 length 2nd last, ridden and stayed on to lead narrowly final 100 yards, just held on, won at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs beating Carrietau (11-7) by ns, 12 ran.