BOLD SIR BRIAN won a Grade 2 novice hurdle back in March and showed plenty of promise when runner-up on his chasing bow over these fences. He had a previous winner back in third with today's rivals Our Mick and Willie Hall well behind and Lucinda's Russell's charge will be a short-price to open his account in this company. Kudu Country has won a couple of times over timber and he makes his chasing bow on his first start since February, while Vosges has a more recent run under his belt, but failed to figure on his first attempt at fencing. Red Skipper has plenty to find, as does the returning Gougane.
Bold Sir Brian (IRE) 10-3 (11-2) Held up towards rear, mistake 2nd, mistake 5th, headway before 4 out, chased winner before last, no impression, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Frascati Park (11-2) at Carlisle 2m beg chs (4) sft in Oct.
Gougane (IRE) 18-1 (11-10) Held up in touch, reminder after 10th, outpaced from 4 out, rallied from 2 out, chased leading pair from last, no impression, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Old Brigade (11-1) at Bangor 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Jul '10.
Kudu Country (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, chased winner from 3rd, ridden before 2 out, lost 2nd and no extra final 75 yards, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Reindeer Dippin (11-1) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.
Our Mick 11-1 (11-2) Close up, weakened before 7th, 5th of 11, 23l behind Frascati Park (11-2) at Carlisle 2m beg chs (4) sft in Oct.
Red Skipper (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Towards rear, hit 3 out, headway approaching 2 out, stayed on to modest 4th after last, 4th of 12, 9l behind Raya Star (11-11) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Willie Hall 22-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, mistake 4th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 11, 28l behind Frascati Park (11-2) at Carlisle 2m beg chs (4) sft in Oct.
Vosges (FR) 4-1 (10-9) With leader, pushed along before 3 out, weakened from 2 out, 5th of 6, well behind The Panama Kid (11-2) at Kelso 2m 6f Novice Handicap Chase (0-135) (4yo+) (3) gs in Oct.