Ifandbutwhy had some decent form over hurdles a couple of years ago but returns following a lengthy absence. Well Green was confidently ridden to land an amateurs' race at Towcester last month, but HOMER RUN's defeat of Marju King at the same track 12 days ago was franked by the runner-up at Uttoxeter on Thursday and he gets the nod as Almutaham had the run of the race here last time. Wheyaye is lightly-raced for her age but has ability and she could also play a part if her recent C&D second has blown away a few cobwebs.
Ifandbutwhy (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up behind, never dangerous, 11th of 17, well behind Share Option (10-2) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Feb '10.
Well Green (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, went 3rd before 2 out, soon challenged leader, led before last, kept on well, won at Towcester 2m 3f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft in May beating Rifleman (11-0) by 4l, 10 ran.
Almutaham (USA) 14-1 (11-4) Made all, clear from before 2 out, stayed on strongly, won at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May beating Cilliseal (11-4) by 8l, 15 ran.
Homer Run (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) In rear, headway after 7th, went 2nd after 3 out, challenged 2 out, soon led, stayed on, won at Towcester 2m 3f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs beating Marju King (11-8) by 1l, 8 ran.
Wheyaye 8-1 (10-3) Led, headed 6th, remained close up, led before last, headed last, ridden and every chance run-in, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Bellaboosh (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.