Brinestine came to grief when making his hurdling debut in useful company last season and his jumping again left a bit to be desired when fourth at Wincanton in March. He may need more time but Horizontal Speed should be winning soon judged on his half-length second to Lordofthehouse at Kempton last time and is preferred to May's Fontwell winner Jack By The Hedge, who carries a 7lb penalty. MINELLA FRIEND was bought out of John Nallen's yard after easily winning a Sligo bumper in May. Already a winner between the flags, he looks a nice prospect for Evan Williams and can take this. Quite By Chance is gradually getting closer but Dream Deal probably has more scope.
Jack By The Hedge 11-4fav (10-9) Led to 3rd, lost place 3 out, headway before 2 out, kept on to lead close home, won at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) gs in May beating Port Hill (11-0) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Absolutely Bygones (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, pushed along halfway, soon reminders, weakened over 3f out, 5th of 9, 28l behind Halo Moon (11-0) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Brinestine (USA) 11-8fav (10-7) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, 4th when not fluent 2 out, one pace before last, no extra flat, 4th of 15, 16l behind Chemistry Master (10-12) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Dream Deal 5-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, chased leaders over 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 8, 5l behind Orchard Road (11-2) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) sft in Apr.
Drummond 80-1 (11-0) Held up, always behind, tailed off, 11th of 14, 48l behind Timesremembered (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Ernest Speak (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 13l behind Precision Five (9-7) at Bath 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Aug (flat).
Horizontal Speed (IRE) 11-4fav (11-0) In touch, headway to chase winner approaching 2 out, challenged and every chance 2 out, driven between last two, kept on well flat, always just held, 2nd of 18, 1/2l behind Lordofthehouse (11-6) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
L Frank Baum (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Chased winner until 2nd, stayed handy in bunch, chased winner again after 2 out, no impression, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 9l behind Kettlewell (11-5) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Sep.
Luckwell Bridge Baryshnikov gelding out of Good Skills.
Minella Friend (IRE) 4-1 (10-11) Made all, ordinary pace early, pressed on a little from before halfway, clear before straight, stayed on strongly, easily, won at Sligo 2m 2f 4yo nhf hvy in May beating Captain Hox (10-7) by 11l, 7 ran.
Moratab (IRE) 11-10fav (8-13) Chased leading pair, went 2nd on inside over 2f out until ridden and unable to quicken 2f out, 3rd and one pace after, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Savida (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jun '12 (flat).
Puerto Azul (IRE) 80-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, held up in rear, some headway 7th, weakened before next, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Tijori (10-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Quite By Chance 9-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, prominent, jumped left 2nd, ridden and switched right before 2 out, stayed on, unable to challenge, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Oscar Magic (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs in Sep.
Salut L'as (FR) 10-1 (12-0) in a race won by Joe The Trucker (12-0) at Black Forest Club 3m ptp gs in Dec, 10 ran.
Saudi Pearl (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, challenged and not fluent 3 out, ridden before next, soon weakened, last of 5, 32l behind Kilbree Kid (11-12) at Perth 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Sep.
Somerset Lias (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 5l behind Orchard Road (11-2) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) sft in Apr.
Shakespeare Dancer 40-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, lost place halfway, 9th of 10, 20l behind Iceman George (9-5) at Leicester 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May (flat).