Petit Robin has solid claims back in handicap company. A close-up fifth to Red Merlin in the Grade 3 Swinton Hurdle at Haydock in May, he'll go very close with a similar effort but a chance is taken on STARLUCK. Well beaten in much better races such as the Kingswell and then the County Hurdle at Cheltenham earlier this year, he'll have come on for a recent outing and gets a speculative vote. Dan Breen also kept good company last term and he may get involved along with Ifyouletmefinish and Chesil Beach Boy, who landed a hat-trick over today's trip last season. Ingleby Spirit has place claims if taking part though his first preference is the 12.45 at Haydock today.
Starluck (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Held up rear of mid-division, headway approaching 4 out, chased leaders 3 out, weakened before next, 14th of 15, 44l behind Raya Star (11-12) at Ascot 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gs.
Petit Robin (FR) 25-1 (11-4) In rear, headway before 2 out, ridden before last, switched right soon after, kept on to take 5th place near finish, 5th of 19, 5l behind Red Merlin (11-3) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in May.
Bourne 16-1 (10-13) Held up in mid-division, headway to challenge 4 out, led approaching 3 out, blundered stumbled badly and headed 2 out, weakened, not able to recover, 8th of 13, 15l behind Lamb Or Cod (10-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Ifyouletmefinish (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) With leaders, ridden before 2 out, weakened after last, 7th of 19, 7l behind Red Merlin (11-3) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in May.
Ingleby Spirit 33-1 (10-10) Behind, mistake and reminders after 2nd, struggling 3 out, never dangerous, 25th of 26, 42l behind Alderwood (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Dan Breen (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, jumped left 5th, closed before 8th, weakened approaching 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Zitenka (10-8) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in May, 15 ran.
First In The Queue (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, ridden 3 out, never dangerous, 12th of 22, 27l behind Dark Lover (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gs in Oct.
Chesil Beach Boy 7-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway before 3 out, ridden next, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 10l behind Adelar (10-13) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Oct.
Captain Sharpe 25-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent 4th, outpaced next, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Dodging Bullets (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo hdl (2) gs in Oct.
Kayaan 7-1 (10-12) Mid-division, not fluent 3rd, hit 5th, not fluent next, soon ridden, headway when mistake 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 11, 19l behind Vulcanite (11-11) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
The Pier (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Mid-division early, 6th halfway, ridden and no extra entering straight, 9th of 10, 27l behind Lough Ferrib (10-12) at Listowel 2m hcp hdl hvy in Sep.
Pascha Bere (FR) 50-1 (10-13) Always in rear, weakened 3 out, 10th of 11, well behind Fox Appeal (11-10) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gs.