INNER VOICE seems to have solid claims on this novice hurdle and his long trip from Ireland should be rewarded with Caragh Bridge and Timon's Present looking likely to have to settle for minor honours. Although the selection has never won over this far his performances in softer conditions have promised he will stay while his placing effort at Musselburgh in a much hotter race shows he'll handle the quickish ground and his form lines set a fair standard. Caragh Bridge has some weak looking but nevertheless winning form in point to points and because of that we could conclude he will run better over obstacles than in his bumper performance last time out. Connections of Timon's Present will be hoping the switch to hurdling will help to build on some early promise shown in bumpers but this looks a tricky debut with the selection in the field. Don'tsayanything has place claims here if reproducing his best but that's about all he can hope for with Inner Voice looking more than solid.
Inner Voice (USA) 50-1 (11-12) Bad mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Acriveen (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-109 gd, 25 ran.
Ashmolian (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Led 10f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on until weakened quickly over 1f out, 8th of 9, 13l behind Prince Charlemagne (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb (flat).
Caragh Bridge (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Prominent, weakened 3f out, 8th of 12, 23l behind Canyouseeme (11-2) at Towcester 2m NH flat (5) gd in Mar.
Dontsayathing (IRE) 100-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, weakened under pressure before 4 out, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Tasheba (10-7) at Ascot 2m 3f mdn hdl (3) gd in Mar.
It's Basil 66-1 (8-9) Led at fast pace and soon clear, headed 2f out, weakened quickly, 12th of 13, 20l behind Prince Valentine (9-6) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Aug '06 (flat).
On My Terms (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Ur 5th, in a race won by Stormfield (12-0) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp, 11 ran.
Optimum Asset (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Mistakes, in touch until after 7th, soon behind, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Alfie Sherrin (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gd in Feb, 12 ran.
Russian Orphan 150-1 (10-11) Prominent, ridden 6f out, soon weakened, in a race won by Tocca Ferro (10-7) at Wincanton 2m mdn NH flat (5) sft in Mar, 15 ran.
So Extreme 80-1 (10-5) Led, hit 2nd, mistake 6th, headed before next, soon weakened, tailed off and pulled up before 9th, in a race won by Kilbeggan Blade (10-9) at Towcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 10 ran.
Saddlers Mot 16-1 (10-5) Led, jumped right 3rd, hit 6th, mistake and joined 8th, headed 9th, weakened into 5th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Bugsy's Boy (11-7) at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar, 7 ran.
Timon's Present 66-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, pushed along 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 13th of 18, 18l behind Golden Sunbird (11-4) at Sandown 2m mrs N H flat lst (1) gd in Mar.