Melancholy Hill has finished runner-up in both starts over hurdles so far but the form is nothing to write home about. Hi Note finished ahead of Reach Out on debut but that was in a seller and it will be a surprise if one of the newcomers doesn't prove better than that. Rainy Champion made the frame in maidens at Musselburgh and Doncaster in the spring but hasn't done a lot since so we'll give the vote to GEORGE WOOLF. He has at least won a race, albeit on the all-weather in February, and though hasn't been seen since April that may not be crucial in what looks a weak race.
Cuban Piece (IRE) 15-2 (8-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 7, 7l behind Jeu De Vivre (9-1) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jun (flat).
George Woolf 6-1 (8-12) In rear, pushed along and outpaced over 4f out, chased leading pair over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 3rd of 4, 17l behind Halfsin (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr (flat).
Guards Chapel 4-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, came stands side wne hampered over 3f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, every chance until no extra final 110 yards, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Around The Clock (9-1) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Aug (flat).
Rainy Champion (USA) 10-1 (8-10) Half reared leaving stalls, mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, ridden and weakened over 3f out, last of 8, 12l behind Lemon Drop Red (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jul (flat).
Reach Out 11-4 (10-12) Led, clear 2nd, mistake and stumbled 3rd, ridden approaching 6th, headed after 3 out, soon beaten, 4th of 8, 17l behind Kissing Clara (10-5) at Stratford 2m 3yo sll hdl (5) gf in Aug.
Warbond 80-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden and struggling over 4f out, no chance after, 9th of 14, 20l behind Tegan (8-12) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Aug (flat).
Hi Note 15-8fav (10-2) Held up, not always fluent, headway under pressure after 6th, went 3rd after 3 out, one pace, no impression, 3rd of 8, 14l behind Kissing Clara (10-5) at Stratford 2m 3yo sll hdl (5) gf in Aug.
Melancholy Hill (IRE) 13-2 (10-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, went 2nd approaching 2 out, no chnace with winner, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Lady Chloe (10-5) at Stratford 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Aug.