Vinstar is of obvious interest making his hurdling debut after posting two wins and two seconds in four bumper starts for Donald McCain. He will surely go close if taking well to timber. Ivan Boru is consistent but limited, although he could improve for the slight increase in trip, whilst Things Change, Ueuetotl and POTOMAC finished third, fourth and eighth in the Wetherby maiden won by Discovery Bay. There is little between the front two on the book but it might just be worth taking a chance with the latter who was making his debut that day. A fair Irish handicapper on the Flat for Andrew Oliver, he showed distinct improvement when runner-up to Veloce here last time and further progress would afford him decent claims here.
Ivan Boru (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Led to 1st, tracked leaders, ridden before last, soon chased winner, no impression, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Swaledale Lad (11-0) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Lifetime (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, badly hampered and fell after 7th, in a race won by Fleet Dawn (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gs in Mar, 19 ran.
Mandarin Sunset (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Keen early, tracked leaders on inside, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 31l behind Mister Nibbles (11-7) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) gs.
Oscar Lateen (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, weakened before last, 7th of 10, 28l behind Phoenix Returns (10-8) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Plus Jamais (FR) 25-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent and pecked 5th, weakened next, last of 6, 34l behind Ballybogey (11-6) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (3) sft.
Potomac (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, every chance 2 out, ridden and challenged before last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Veloce (11-5) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Regal Ramirez 14-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, weakened from 4 out, 7th of 9, 46l behind Veloce (11-5) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Sports Model (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Chased leaders to after 6th, soon behind, tailed off 3 out, 9th of 12, well behind Victor Hewgo (11-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Swindy 28-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 7th of 9, well behind Discovery Bay (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd.
Things Change (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, soon ridden, stayed on to take 3rd flat, no impression, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Discovery Bay (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Ueueteotl (FR) 9-4 (11-0) Tracked leaders, hit 5th, chased leader when edged right 3 out, soon ridden, lost place next, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Discovery Bay (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Vinstar (FR) 5-4fav (11-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Johnny Og (10-4) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.