ENRILO could be a smart recruit to hurdling and is likely to be a warm order in this. He won two of his three starts in bumpers and was fourth in a Listed contest in between. Archimento has to concede 6lb and couldn’t cope with a penalty at Plumpton after justifying favouritism at Fontwell. Thunderstruck was second in bumpers at Sandown and Fontwell last season, starting favourite on both occasions, but may find conditions here quicker than ideal.
Archimento 7-4 (11-5) Tracked leaders, hit 4 out, driven after next, never going pace to get on terms after, ridden and no impression when hit last, 4th of 7, 10 1/2l behind Gateway To Europe (11-5) at Plumpton 2m 2f (4) gf in Sep.
Enrilo (FR) 6-5fav (11-9) Led, headed when nearly ran out over 3f out, rallied over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Kempton 2m (5) gd in Feb beating House Island (11-2) by 3l, 8 ran.
First Assembly (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) With leader, lost place 3 out, unable to go with front trio soon after, no chance from next, lost modest 4th near finish, last of 5, dist behind Danse Idol (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f (4) gd in Apr.
Kalabee (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, driven over 6f out, soon beaten, completely tailed off, last of 8, dist behind Baddesley (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f (5) gd in Oct.
Thunderstruck (IRE) 13-8fav (11-3) Chased leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, headed last strides, 2nd of 13, hd behind Hugos Other Horse (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn (5) gs in Feb.
Whatcolourishe (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Led until 3f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, dist behind Shantou Sunset (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f (5) gd in Sep.