SOLARAS EXHIBITION ended the last campaign on the Flat in Ireland with successive victories and arrives here having won three of his last four over hurdles. Ryan Moore has been booked and his mount can continue the winning theme. Noble Alan has won a bumper and scored seven times over jumps so a big weight won't be a concern and Kathleen Frances ran a fine race when runner-up over the C&D earlier in the month. Clerk's Choice has always raced in very strong company over timber, though he ran poorly at Aintree last month while New Hampshire attempted to make all over 1m2f at Pontefract but had no answer when Edmaaj quickened past, though this is a front-runners track and he's expected to make a bold bid.
Noble Alan (GER) 6-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, switched left over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened final furlong, 5th of 11, 7l behind Fleeting Image (8-1) at Haydock 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gf.
Uphold 10-1 (9-7) Raced keenly, led, ridden and headed entering final 2f, chased winner until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 12l behind Bolivia (9-6) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
New Hampshire (USA) 20-1 (9-5) Led at steady pace, quickened 3f out, ridden and headed 2f out, well held final furlong, kept on to hold 2nd, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Edmaaj (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Clerk's Choice (IRE) 4-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, last of 3, 42l behind Highland Glen (9-2) at Leicester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Oct '09.
Unknown Rebel (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 8th of 10, 14l behind Landaman (8-12) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Kathleen Frances 4-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, pushed right and slightly hampered inside final 2f, ridden and one pace over 1f out, 5th of 10, 5l behind Quiz Mistress (9-6) at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Look Left 5-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway towards inside over 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 7, 11l behind St Ignatius (8-3) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Woop Woop (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Held up behind, headway 4f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 9, 14l behind Figaro (9-5) at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Solaras Exhibition (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, progress to lead over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Fairyhouse 1m 2f 3yo app hcp 0-70 in Sep beating Snuggle Up (8-3) by 1 3/4l, 18 ran.
Tenhoo 20-1 (8-2) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 12, 11l behind Reem Star (8-8) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Smart Step 6-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 11, 14l behind Watts Up Son (8-13) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gs.