A big field for this handicap hurdle and we will take a chance on WINTERWOOD on his first start for almost 18 months, while Referent is among the dangers. The selection has not been seen since landing a Limerick maiden hurdle for Charlie Swan in May of last year, over a similar trip to this. Good ground suits and a mark of 110 for this handicap debut is not too taxing. Then of course, there is Vaughan's reputation for improving those he takes in from other trainers, and in an open race we will chance him. Referent has joined Philip Hobbs from France since being a beaten favourite in a provinicial hurdle race there in June. He too may improve for the change of scenery and with the yard in form we give him due respect. Blue Express clearly needed the run when making his debut for Evan Williams at Newton Abbot last time, and good or fast ground suits. This trip is also not a problem, so we will look for a return to some sort of form today. Wujood was an eased-down course and distance winner a couple of weeks ago and has gone up 10lbs for that, but should remain very competitive with a feather weight to carry in this, while dual course winner Line Artic is tried over an extended trip again, but has to prove her stamina after two previous flops. This is tougher than the seller won by Tooka at Towcester, but Sagalyrique is an interesting debutant for Alan King, although he has the crushing burden of 11st 12lbs to shoulder and may have to wait for other days. Winterwood is the suggestion here.
Sagalyrique (FR) (10-3) 4th of 19, 5l behind Quatre Vingt Treize (10-13) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f hdl in Jun '08.
Caragh Bridge (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) In touch, weakened quickly and pulled up 5 out, in a race won by Dantari (11-1) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd, 16 ran.
Line Artic (FR) 11-2fav (11-5) Pulled hard, led to 1st, remained prominent, led 7th, mistake 3 out, hit 2 out, soon headed, weakened flat, 6th of 13, 11l behind Last Flight (11-0) at Aintree 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Referent (FR) (10-3) 3rd of 13, 4l behind Ryvalo Des Brosses (10-3) at Les Sables(FR) 2m 1f hdl in Jun.
Perkin Warbeck 22-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, stumbled 1st, lost place before 4th, soon well behind, last and struggling 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Cathedral Rock (11-10) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Feb, 19 ran.
Winterwood (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, improved to challenge in close 3rd approaching 2 out, led after 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Limerick 2m 3f mdn hdl gd in May '08 beating Arcadius (11-4) by 1l, 18 ran.
Alaghiraar (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Chased winner to 4 out, weakened next, 4th of 9, well behind Mr Gardner (11-2) at Newbury 2m 5f mdn hdl (3) gd in Mar.
Blue Express (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along 6th, soon weakened, 10th of 12, well behind Rathrockscourt (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gf in Sep.
Coup de Tabac (FR) 13-2 (11-11) Held up mid-division, headway 6th, ridden last, weakened 2f out, 6th of 11, 27l behind Solway Bay (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
Tooka 6-1 (11-2) Made all, ridden after 3 out, soon pressed, out battled rival flat, won at Towcester 2m nov sell hdl (5) gd in May beating Benayoun (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
Foreign King (USA) 5-1 (11-6) Prominent, fell 4 out, in a race won by Dark Energy (11-7) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf, 9 ran.
Dovedale 7-2fav (11-1) Chased leaders, led last, driven flat, stayed on well under pressure, won at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Sep beating Icansingarainbow (10-5) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Triple Bluff 6-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, always behind, 9th of 11, 29l behind Colliers Court (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd in Sep.
Callerlilly 20-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, not fluent 3rd, weakened quickly after 6th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Armenian Boy (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Apr, 11 ran.
Deep Reflection 14-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, weakened 7th, 7th of 11, well behind Daurica (11-0) at Southwell 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Jackers 14-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, chased leaders approaching 2 out, weakened approaching last, 8th of 13, 24l behind Doctor Robert (11-7) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf.
Cash For Honours 9-1 (11-9) Held up, always towards rear, 11th of 16, 28l behind Crouch End Flyer (10-13) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf.
Chilbury Hill (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Poor visibility over 1st 3 hurdles and again over 4th and 5th, in rear, ridden approaching 3 out, kept on, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Bubbs (10-0) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Wujood 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led approaching 3 out, stayed on well from 2 out, won at Exeter 2m 3f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Lansdowne Princess (10-8) by 5l, 11 ran.