PEVERIL can make a winning debut over hurdles with The Falklander rated next best ahead of the interesting Minella For Food. The selection is yet another interesting recruit for the in-form Nicky Henderson yard and looks the part on paper having won a National Hunt Flat race when last seen in May. That success on ground quicker than ideal augured well for the future of this son of Presenting and with fitness not much of a concern we expect the five-year-old to win this relatively weak contest. The Falklander was well held behind the potentially smart Bellvano on the last of his two bumper starts before making a promising debut over timber when second over further than this at Stratford. Whilst the form looks nothing special the winner had actually shown up well enough in a Grade One prior to that contest and so Henry Daly's inmate looks to have a future over obstacles, although the feeling is that in Peveril he meets an above average newcomer. Minella For Food was last seen taking second behind none other than RSA Chase winner Cooldine in a Thurles novice hurdle but with an absence of almost two years since the horse has evidently had his problems. If handler Evan Williams can get the horse back to anything like that level he'd surely take some beating here but one would expect the horse to need this outing and he's best watched with an eye to the future. Of those with official ratings there shouldn't be much to choose between Quidonc and Pugilist with narrow preference for the former who looks the more progressive but both may be playing for a minor role here as Peveril should take some stopping.
Azulada Bay (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 5th, outpaced after 7th, rallied last, stayed on well flat, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind The Jigsaw Man (11-5) at Hereford 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Daring Origyn (FR) 20-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, headway approaching 6th, ran on flat, 2nd towards finish, never near to challenge winner, 2nd of 14, 8l behind Wester Ross (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Hurricane Electric (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Never a factor, 15th of 16, 13l behind The Last Stand (8-9) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f hcp hdl 47-65 gf in Jun.
Minella For Food (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, went moderate 3rd and no impression from 3 out, left 2nd from next, 2nd of 16, 22l behind Cooldine (11-10) at Thurles 2m 6f nov hdl hvy in Jan '08.
Peveril 11-10fav (11-2) Held up in touch, driven over 3f out, challenged over 2f out, edged left and hard ridden to lead inside final furlong, won at Haydock 2m NH flat (5) gf in Apr beating Cool Mission (11-2) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Pugilist 10-1 (11-10) Led, mistake 5th, headed approaching 2 out where hampered, weakened between last 2, mistake last, 7th of 14, 16l behind Akram (11-6) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gd.
Quidonc (FR) 11-2 (10-12) Tracked leader to 2nd, stayed handy until weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 8, 24l behind Holoko Heights (10-12) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf.
The Falklander 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway approaching 9th, chased winner 2 out, slightly checked towards finish, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Midnight Sail (11-6) at Stratford 2m 6f nov hdl (3) gd in Apr.
Walls Way 200-1 (10-11) Always in rear, ridden and weakened 4 out, last of 10, 38l behind Inventor (10-9) at Ascot 2m hdl (3) gd.
Yonder 4-1fav (10-12) Mid-division, pushed along over 5f out, headway 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 20, 14l behind Carole's Legacy (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f N H flat lst (1) gd in Apr '08.