Pat Haslam does well with his juvenile hurdlers at this time of year and his gelding Hi Dancer can take this opener, That Look and Nike Warrior appear to be the main rivals. The selection, rated 52 on the flat, showed tremendous promise when chasing home today's rival That Look at Market Rasen recently. He didnt'e get the smoothest of passages in that contest and should be capable of reversing the form at today's weights. Nike walker also made his debut in that contest, finishing back in fourth place. He went off a well backed favourite but jumped poorly at a couple of flights. No doubt he will come on for the experience and he has to be a threat to all. The pick of the debutante's could be the Gary Moore trained Kaladin, but on the this occasion we will stick with known form and Hi Dancer just gets the vote.
That Look 17-2 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 5th, led approaching 2 out, kept on well, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo nov hdl (4) gf in Jun beating Hi Dancer (10-9) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.
Hi Dancer 6-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway 3 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, every chance last, kept on but no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind That Look (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Kaladin 8-1 (9-7) In touch, driven 4f out, soon well behind, 7th of 8, 26l behind Chess Board (9-4) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp (5) frm in Jun (Flat).
Lucky Bamblue (IRE) 66-1 (7-12) Mid-division, hampered over 4f out, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 34l behind Tallyhobye (8-3) at Redcar 1m 3f 3yo clm (6) gf in May (Flat).
Signor Albertini (IRE) 100-1 (8-5) Dwelt, held up, headway halfway, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 15, 13l behind Chateau (9-7) at Redcar 7f sll (6) gd in May (Flat).
Countrywide Belle 17-2 (10-5) Pulled hard, led after 1st, soon clear, jumped badly left and unseated rider at the 2nd in race won by That Look (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo nov hdl (4) gf in Jun, 14 ran.
Gentian 7-2fav (8-7) Chased leader, led over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, won at W'hampton 1m 4f 3yo sll (6) pol in Jun beating Coffin Dodger (8-0) by 1l, 12 ran (Flat).
Nike Walker (FR) 6-5fav (10-12) Chased leaders, hit 5th, led next, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 14, 14l behind That Look (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.