Boruler, Highrate and No Idea all ran up to a similar level when well beaten on their debuts, but Smart Ruler went close in a bumper on the Polytrack last month and could prove best of those with experience. However, DARLAN is a half-brother to a winner over hurdles and it would be no surprise if he proves good enough on his debut in a race his powerful stable won in 2009 with Peveril. Fellow newcomer Driftwood Lad is also worth noting but will probably be seen at his best once tackling fences.
Boruler (IRE) 3-1 (11-3) Held up in touch, ridden before 3f out, weakened before 1f out, 4th of 10, 14l behind Dreamers Of Dreams (11-3) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Driftwood Lad (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) in a race won by Storm Jack (12-0) at Wadebridge 3m ptp gf in Mar, 11 ran.
Highrate (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) Tracked leaders in 4th, challenged over 3f out, ridden well over 2f out, soon led, headed approaching 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 15l behind Chapter Five (10-3) at Newcastle 2m mdn nhf (6) sft in Mar.
Smart Ruler (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway going well over 3f out, not clear run and hanging left over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 13, 1l behind Peintre Ster (10-7) at Lingfield 2m mdn n h flat (5) std in Mar.
Darlan Milan gelding out of Darbela.
Nowurhurlin (IRE) Saddlers' Hall gelding out of Pint Taken.
Patricias Pride Silver Patriarch gelding out of Anniversary Guest.
No Idea 7-4fav (10-10) In last pair, steady headway hafway, went 3rd over 5f out, ridden and stayed challenging for 2nd, never any chance with unchallenged winner, 3rd of 8, 13l behind Bach To Front (10-10) at Plumpton 2m 2f mdn NH flat (6) gf in Mar.