Sash Of Honour has been placed in three of his four starts over hurdles but did become a little disappointing in the spring and this looks a good opportunity for HANNIBAL THE GREAT to make a winning start over timber. He was a very useful sort in bumpers and has already won a point-to-point. Gate Please has been off for a while but represents a powerful yard and is another bumper and points winner while Gun Shy won a bumper at Downpatrick in May. Keppel Isle, another recruit from bumpers, looks the pick of the remainder.
Be Marvellous (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 6th, headway 4 out, soon reminders, weakened from 3 out, went remote 4th before 2 out, 4th of 7, 47l behind Theatre Evening (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Gate Please (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 6f out, improved to lead 3f out, ridden 2f out, headed entering straight, no extra in 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Mireya (10-7) at Galway 2m 2f N H flat sft in Sep '12.
Gun Shy (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Disputed lead early, tracked leaders, a bit to do in 3rd from 2f out, came to stand's side final furlong, stayed on well to lead near line, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat gd in May beating Gaius Marius (11-7) by hd, 11 ran.
Hannibal The Great (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, effort 3f out, soon ridden, chased winner over 1f out, kept on, held inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Gone Too Far (11-3) at Kempton 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.
Keppel Isle (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Led, clear until 8f out, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Garnock (10-0) at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gf in Sep.
Mount Odell 50-1 (11-1) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, soon beaten, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 9, 35l behind Neville (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Pullmen 66-1 (10-8) Always towards rear, 12th of 16, 17l behind Valdez (11-11) at Kempton 2m n h flat (6) std in Feb '12.
Quernstone (USA) 100-1 (10-9) Mid-division, pushed along and lost place before 6th, soon behind, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Golanova (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep.
Sash Of Honour (IRE) 11-8fav (10-12) Raced keenly, led, hit 3 out and ridden, went left and headed next, chased leaders, stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Dollar Bill (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Sylvan Legend 125-1 (11-2) Not fluent 4th, always in rear, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Saphir Du Rheu (10-7) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Supersticion 25-1 (11-2) Mid-division on inside, chased leaders 2 out (usual 3 out), weakened last (usual 2 out), 10th of 13, 48l behind Shaddaii (9-11) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.