WAR CREATION won a bumper for Stuart Crawford here in September and has since joined Nicky Henderson. She only had to be pushed out to beat market rival Djarkalin in a maiden hurdle at Ludlow 20 days ago and looks a nice prospect for Trevor Hemmings. Miss Night Owl looks the obvious danger having won by a distance at Ludlow earlier this month, but she is a little more exposed than the selection. The aforementioned Stuart Crawford runs Ayr winner Verona Opera, though she was well beaten under a penalty at Sedgefield last time. Boogie Life had decent bumper form last season and is an interesting debutante.
Miss Night Owl 5-4fav (10-12) Made all, left well clear 2 out, eased closing stages, won at Ludlow 2m (4) gs in Apr beating Make My Heart Fly (10-12) by dist, 9 ran.
Verona Opera (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Held up in mid-division, front pair already clear when moving into 3rd 3 out, stayed on same pace, never threatened, 3rd of 8, 13 3/4l behind Hint Of Grey (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f (4) gd in Mar.
War Creation (IRE) Evensfav (10-9) Tracked leader, led 2 out, pressed last, ridden run-in, held on towards finish, won at Ludlow 2m mdn (5) gd in Apr beating Djarkalin (11-2) by 1l, 4 ran.
Boogie Life 50-1 (11-0) Led, headed before halfway, lost place over 4f out, last of 18, dist behind Dame Rose (10-8) at Aintree 2m 1f (1) gd in Apr.
Final Reminder (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, at Newcastle 2m 5f (4) sft in Jan.
Katy Royal 250-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, weakened over 7f out, tailed off, 7th of 8, dist behind Shearling (11-6) at Catterick 2m (6) sft in Mar.
Lucarno Dancer 20-1 (10-10) Held up, some headway 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 12, dist behind Robben (10-8) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp (5) gd in Dec.
River Icon 9-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, took keen hold, 5th when not fluent 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 8, 17 1/2l behind Hint Of Grey (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f (4) gd in Mar.
Side Of The Road (IRE) 18-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, soon outpaced, kept on and no impression, 5th of 7, 17 1/2l behind Calix Delafayette (11-2) at Ayr 2m (6) hvy in Mar.
Topham Bay (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, blundered 4 out, ridden and outpaced by front pair after next, well held in clear 3rd when fell last, at Kelso 2m 7f (4) sft in Apr.
Just Brooke 33-1 (10-7) Always behind, struggling 4 out, soon tailed off and pulled up, at Kelso 2m 2f mdn (5) sft in Apr.
Wide Awake 100-1 (10-9) Held up behind, outpaced after 3 out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 20 1/4l behind Drummullagh Rocky (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f mdn (4) sft in Jul.