CASTLETOWN BRIDGE narrowly failed to defy a penalty in a bumper at Uttoxeter last month but, as a former pointer, was always the type likely to do better when tackling hurdles and appears to have little to beat here. The probable danger is Monarch's Way, who finished third on his debut over timber at Carlisle before failing to get home over a longer trip at Hexham. The lightly-raced Star In Flight won a Warwick maiden on the Flat for Brian Meehan in the summer and may prove the pick of the newcomers.
Beetuna (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Held up, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 4th of 7, 11l behind Golden Waters (10-0) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Jun (flat).
Be Mi Maite 40-1 (11-3) Pulled hard, prominent, weakened quickly 10f out, tailed off, soon pulled up, in a race won by Fishoutofwater (11-3) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Mar '10, 16 ran.
Bin End 100-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, weakened 2 out, 9th of 11, 45l behind Broadbackbob (11-0) at Ascot 2m hdl (3) gd.
Castletown Bridge (IRE) 4-5fav (11-4) Took keen hold, held up, steady headway over 5f out, chased leaders 4f out, led over 3f out, strongly pressed final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 15, ns behind Ifyouletmefinish (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Eurhythmic (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Not always fluent in rear, lost touch after 5th, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Omaruru (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Knockavardagh Boy (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) With winner and keen, weakened before 4f out, 13th of 15, well behind Bar De Ligne (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs.
Monarch's Way 3-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, soon chased leaders, soon weakened, 5th of 14, 17l behind Aland Islands (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Northern Genes (AUS) 25-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 20l behind Saharia (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Oct (flat).
Star In Flight 14-1 (9-5) Steadied start, held up in last pair, driven along on outside 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, kept on closing stages, never able to challenge, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Area Fifty One (9-1) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Oct (flat).
Vivre Libre (8-11) 3rd of 8, shd behind Solidaro (9-1) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 4f 4yo stk gd in May (flat).
Bobbits Way 80-1 (10-12) Soon struggling in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 3rd, in a race won by Knight Pass (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs, 15 ran.
Frolic Along (IRE) 40-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, headway from over 2f out, chasing leaders 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 8l behind Turbo Du Ranch (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (5) gd in Mar.