held up in 4th, jumped right at times, reminders after 9th, effort to press for 3rd when fell 10th
shared 2nd behind leader who was clear until 4th, hampered 6th, challenged 8th, not fluent next, led approaching 10th, mistake 2 out, stayed on well, pushed out
shared 2nd behind leader who was clear until 4th, chased winner from 10th, ridden after 3 out, stayed on same pace and no impression from 2 out, untidy last
led, soon clear, hit 3rd, reduced advantage next, headed before 10th, soon behind, tailed off
The Hardy Boy has been a standing dish around here in the past but rather lost his way last season and is best watched until showing signs of a revival. Forest Rhythm looked to be coming to hand over hurdles last time but refused on his only previous start over fences in June, while Wood Yer has looked one-paced in bumpers and over hurdles so far and may need further. THE DARLING BOY probably needed his reappearance at Wincanton and has been dropped 4lb since. Suspect jumping continues to hamper his progress but he could be good enough today.
Forest Rhythm (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Held up, headway after 3 out, chased leaders approaching 2 out, weakened between last 2, 5th of 9, 12l behind James Pollard (10-11) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.
Wood Yer (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Mid-division on inside, headway and in touch 7th, 6th and outpaced when mistake 4 out, ridden to chase leading pair after next, soon no impression and weakened, tailed off, 3rd of 9, 32l behind Round The Horn (11-7) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Feb.
The Darling Boy 4-1 (11-3) Tracked leading pair until 5th, left close 3rd at 6th, outpaced in 4th when left 3rd again 3 out, plugged on one pace, 3rd of 6, 24l behind Sadler's Star (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf.
The Hardy Boy 12-1 (10-10) In rear and soon pushed along and reminders, never dangerous, 6th of 7, well behind Play A Cord (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.