Not surprisingly, Paul Nicholls has an excellent record at the track and it will be interesting to see if Cap Elorn's supporters come back for more after their fingers were burnt in a Worcester bumper but preference is for BUBBLY BRUCE. A new recruit to Charlie Mann's yard, he showed a useful level of form in bumpers and was far from disgraced at Cheltenham and Punchestown on his final two starts and promises to make up into a useful hurdler. Amirico has also shown ability in bumpers but it would be no surprise if he needed this initial experience and the same is also true of Take Me Out who is closely related to the top class Black Jack Ketchum.
Amirico (IRE) 15-8fav (10-11) Tracked leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon beaten, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Problema Tic (10-2) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Ballyegan (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) In touch in mid-division, ridden in 3rd after 8th, weakened approaching 3 out, mistake 2 out, 8th of 11, 50l behind Mr Hudson (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) sft.
Balustrade (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, outpaced after 3 out, stayed on again same pace bypassing last, 5th of 14, 11l behind Present To You (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Bentley Brook (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) In touch, ridden to chase winner and mistake 2 out, soon outpaced, 3rd of 5, 18l behind Olivino (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gf in Aug '06.
Bubbly Bruce (IRE) 25-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, 5th before straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace under pressure, 5th of 17, 10l behind Hidden Universe (11-4) at Punchestown 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Apr.
Cap Elorn (FR) 13-8fav (11-4) Held up in touch, improved over 5f out, ridden and every chance over 2f out, no impression on leaders 1f out, 4th of 10, 10l behind Laveroque (10-11) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Colonel Alf 33-1 (10-12) Not fluent in rear, mistake 2nd, lost touch approaching 7th, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Mossley (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Double Whammy 40-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, under pressure over 3f out, never able to challenge, 4th of 11, 7l behind Bugsy's Boy (11-12) at Goodwood 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Oct (flat).
Jack The Soldier (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Always behind, struggling 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 12, 32l behind Kauto The Roc (10-4) at Fontwell 2m 4f 4yo nov stks (4) gs.
Take Me Out (IRE) Milan gelding out of Cailin Supreme.
Lastroseofsummer (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, hampered 2 out, never near leaders, 4th of 15, 28l behind L'accordioniste (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m Mares Maiden Hurdle (3yo+) (5) hvy in Oct.
Noir Noir 40-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, jumped left throughout, lost place approaching 4 out, 7th of 8, well behind Kaituna (10-10) at Plumpton 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd.