Paul Nicholls looks to have found a decent opportunity for Gowran bumper winner PAY THE KING to make a winning debut over hurdles. He's probably not one of his yard's leading novices but these are a mainly modest bunch. Water Wagtail is improving with experience and was second over a longer trip at Ffos Las last month while Annacotty has won a point-to-point and was third in a bumper at Kempton earlier this month. Chemistry Master wasn't up to much on the Flat but showed a glimpse of ability over timber at Doncaster recently and could be capable of better.
Annacotty (IRE) 11-2 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway halfway, chased leaders 5f out, ridden and every chance approaching final 2f, not pace of leading pair well over 1f out, 3rd of 13, 18l behind Tradewinds (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (5) gs.
Bredon Hill Lad 200-1 (11-4) Behind, headway on outside approaching 4th, weakened 6th, behind when mistake next, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Many Clouds (11-11) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy.
Chemistry Master 66-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, pushed along weakened 5th, 9th of 21, 39l behind Minella Forfitness (11-4) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Comical Red 150-1 (11-10) Behind, under pressure 5th, soon detatched, never a factor, modest 5th, 5th of 8, well behind Arrayan (11-10) at Taunton 2m 1f clm hdl (5) hvy.
Goodacres Garden (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, tailed off 3 out, 13th of 16, well behind If In Doubt (11-4) at Towcester 2m nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Heron Reef (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Tracked winner until 5f out, weakened 4f out, 9th of 10, 42l behind Houseparty (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Ilewin Kim Grape Tree Road gelding out of Bridepark Rose.
Just Basil 100-1 (11-2) Stumbled badly and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Whisper (11-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy, 12 ran.
Milosam (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Mistake 6th, always behind, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind One Conemara (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft.
Moorlands Mist 66-1 (11-1) Towards rear, moderate late headway, hit last, never involved, 7th of 15, 31l behind Many Clouds (11-11) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy.
Pay The King (IRE) 11-2 (12-0) Tracked leaders, ridden in close 4th on stands' side 2f out, led under 1f out, stayed on well close home, won at Gowran Park 2m N H flat gd in Oct beating Minella Hero (11-5) by 2 1/4l, 20 ran.
Sergeant Dick (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway before 5 out to chase leaders, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, 50l behind Westward Point (11-4) at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (3) hvy.
Tokyo Javilex (FR) 200-1 (11-1) Always behind, 10th of 15, 43l behind Many Clouds (11-11) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy.
Water Wagtail 9-4 (11-6) Held up on outside, headway approaching 6th, not fluent 2 out, chased winner soon after, stayed on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Bob Ford (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Milaneen 50-1 (10-7) Mid-division, not fluent and lost place 4th, well beaten after next, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Top Gamble (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Tara Tavey (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) 4th of 11, 17l behind Dancingtilmidnight (11-0) at Holnicote 3m ptp gs in May.