Ask Henry has been thereabouts in bumpers in Ireland though was due to run at Ludlow yesterday. Felix D'autry finished runner-up in a bumper at Fontwell back in June and can figure on his hurdling debut but the more experienced FIL D’ARIANE has placed over timber in France. He’s fitted with a tongue-tie on his debut for Tom Symonds and may well prove good enough in this. Shantou Vow and Defuture Is Bright have recent outings under their belts though neither threatened while Looking For Carl is rated higher on the Flat than Incredible Dream as both go hurdling for the first time.
Alfie's Angel (IRE) 125-1 (10-12) Pulled hard, mistake 1st, held up and never nearer than mid-division, 6th of 13, 32 3/4l behind Scardura (10-12) at Taunton 2m mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Defuture Is Bright (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Led, headed and mistake 2 out, one pace and soon beaten, 4th of 9, 16l behind Nickolson (11-0) at Wincanton 1m 7f mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Essential 100-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, took keen hold, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 11, dist behind Timetochill (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mdn (4) sft in Nov.
Fil D'ariane (FR) (10-9) 3rd of 12, shd behind at Les Sables 2m 3f gs in Jun.
Incredible Dream (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Held up, never dangerous, 11th of 14, 13l behind Necoleta (9-0) at Kempton 1m stks (6) pol in Oct.
Shantou Vow (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) In touch, lost place halfway, rallied over 4f out, no impression approaching final furlong, 4th of 8, 18l behind Baddesley (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f (5) gd in Oct.
Ask Henry (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) Mid-division early, soon dropped towards rear and 6th from halfway, improved into close 3rd over 3f out and ridden from 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 6 3/4l behind Legacy Thor (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 1f gd in May.
Felix D'autry (FR) Evensfav (11-2) Tracked leaders, pushed along 6f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Corrie Lake (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f (5) gd in Jun.
Looking For Carl 12-1 (9-6) Led, headed over 9f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 21 3/4l behind Thresholdofadream (8-10) at Kempton 2m hcp (6) pol in Jun.