PROVO looked one to follow this season when winning by 12 lengths over a similar trip at Wincanton on his hurdling debut. He has a penalty to carry here but that may not be enough to prevent a follow-up. Winning pointer Cloudy Copper will be interesting once he gets a bit of experience under his belt while Bangor fourth Ubique and Willoughby Hedge also have plenty of scope. Richard Johnson takes the ride on Mister Bricolage rather than stablemates Al Alfa and Ikie Mo so he may prove the pick of the remainder as Brave Deed has been a big disappointment so far under Rules.
Provo (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Made all, ridden and clear before last, won at Wincanton 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Cloudy Bob (11-0) by 12l, 10 ran.
Al Alfa 16-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway to get in behind leaders when blundered and weakened 4 out, tailed off, 5th of 10, 47l behind Desert Joe (11-0) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Billy Dutton 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, driven along 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, lost 4th towards finish, 5th of 12, 10l behind Urubu D'irlande (11-0) at Taunton 2m 1f NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Brave Deed (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division on outside, badly hampered and nearly carried out 2nd, dropped to rear and no chance after, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Landscape (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) sft.
Cloudy Copper (IRE) 7-4 (12-0) Tr ldrs, 2nd 1/2way, ld 2out, kow run-in, won at Lemonfield 3m ire ptp hvy in Mar beating Markem (12-0) by 5l, 11 ran.
Double Or Quitz 100-1 (10-7) Towards rear of mid-division, outpaced when hit 3 out, never on terms, 6th of 15, well behind Sonofvic (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov '10.
Dream Cloud (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) In rear, not fluent 4th, behind before 6th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Dance Tempo (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 8 ran.
Ikie Mo (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) in a race won by Feathered Friend (12-0) at Littlewindsor 3m ptp gs in Apr, 9 ran.
Mister Bricolage (IRE) 9-4 (12-0) Cl up, 5th from 1/2way, chall from 3out & still ev ch last until no ex flat & 3rd cl home, 3rd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Cecil Corbett (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in May.
Power Man (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Raced wide, led, mistake and headed 5th, chased leaders until weakened soon after 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Hindon Road (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in May, 13 ran.
Strawberry Hill (IRE) 150-1 (10-7) Tracked leader, ridden after 5th, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Landscape (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) sft.
To Be Frank 40-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, behind from 5th, tailed off before 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Battlecat (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep, 9 ran.
Ubique (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Slightly hampered start, held up in rear, headway on outside 7th, weakened approaching 2 out, 4th of 12, 15l behind Hollow Penny (11-0) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Virginia Ash (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Always behind, tailed off, 9th of 12, 38l behind Weekend Millionair (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Willoughby Hedge 5-2fav (11-3) Mid-division, headway 8f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 4th of 12, 19l behind Aeschylus (11-3) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Apr.