Harry Fry sent out the smart Metier to win this 12 months ago and saddles two this year. Millbank Flyer was second at Hereford on his hurdles bow and has had a wind operation since pulled up at Taunton in December but MIGHT I looks a brighter prospect. A half-brother to the useful Stattler and Binge Drinker, he was sent off favourite for a Listed bumper at Newbury earlier this year and, though only fifth, wasn’t disgraced - he should make an even better hurdler. Auteuil winner Halo Des Obeaux was beaten under a penalty at Worcester but recent rain will help Exeter bumper winner Thunder Rock. Ted's Friend has won a bumper here while Hazard Collonges and the winning pointer Hidden Heroics warrant a market check.
Halo Des Obeaux (FR) 9-4 (11-7) Led, 2 lengths ahead 3 out, reduced lead going to the last where mistake, headed and not pace of winner run-in, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind I Like To Move It (10-11) at Worcester 2m (4) gs in Oct.
Doran's Bridge (IRE) (12-2) Chsd ldrs, 10l 3rd from 7th, clsr 6out, cl 2nd aftr 2out, ld bef last but just hdd at last where left in ld, ko, won at Fairyhouse 3m mdn gd in Apr beating Strike Of Lighting (12-2) by 6l, 11 ran.
Might I (IRE) 5-2fav (11-2) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 4f out, led going well over 2f out, ridden 2f out, soon headed, wandered right over 1f out, no extra final 100yds, 5th of 11, 9 1/2l behind Good Risk At All (11-6) at Newbury 2m lst (1) gs in Feb.
Nelsons Rock 12-1 (10-12) Chased winner who went clear from 4th, lost 2nd after 3 out, dropped to well beaten 4th before 2 out, 4th of 10, dist behind Nickle Back (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 3f (4) sft in Oct.
Thunder Rock (IRE) 5-2fav (11-3) Handy on outside, challenged over 3f out, led over 2f out, hard pressed after, edged left towards finish, held on, won at Exeter 2m 1f (5) hvy in Feb beating No Word Of A Lie (11-3) by hd, 8 ran.
Triple Trade 50-1 (11-2) Off the pace towards rear, plugged on past weakening rivals from 2 out, never on terms with leaders, 5th of 15, 22 1/2l behind Balko Saint (10-8) at Wincanton 1m 7f (4) gs in Mar.
Without A Doubt 10-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway after 4th, 4th and no impression 7th, kept on from final bend, not much room 2 out, went 3rd before last, no impression, 3rd of 9, 23 1/2l behind Sopran Thor (11-2) at Warwick 2m 3f mdn (4) gd in Apr.
Millbank Flyer (IRE) 5-4fav (10-12) Tracked leader, bustled along before 4 out, soon ridden, held when pulled up before 2 out, at Taunton 2m 3f (4) hvy in Dec.
Mojito Royale (FR) 7-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, kept on final 2f, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Holerday Ridge (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f (5) gd in Jun.
Ted's Friend (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Close up in 4th, ridden and headway 2f out, every chance when edged left inside final furlong, 2nd of 4, 2l behind Lyrical Genius (10-12) at Warwick 2m (5) gd in Sep.
Advantura (IRE) Watar gelding out of Keys Hope.
Hazard Collonges (FR) 2-1fav (10-9) In touch, pushed along 3f out, outpaced 2f out, last of 8, 13 1/2l behind Come On Gruff (11-4) at Lingfield 2m mdn (5) pol in Feb.
Hidden Heroics (FR) (11-11) Trkd ldr, qckr jmps 5th & 6th, chall bef 2out, ld bef last, 1 1/2l adv gng best at last, sow flat, won at Fairyhouse 3m mdn gd in Apr beating Bold Light (11-6) by shd, 5 ran.
Saoirse Away (IRE) (11-6) Ld/disp, wo aftr 4th, mstk 6th, 2l adv 5out, hdd bef 3out, wknd 2out, 9th of 16, dist behind Lucky Light (11-11) at Ballingarry 3m mdn gd in May.