Milano Magic could figure in this back over hurdles while Phoenix Returns finished ahead of Blueside Boy over 2m here last time and looks ready for a step up in distance. But FORTY CROWN's close-up third over a similar trip at Wetherby three weeks ago looks the best form on offer in this and he's taken to get off the mark, though Heron's Mill caught the eye at Newcastle on only his second start and should continue on the upgrade now granted a stiffer test of stamina.
Ballybroe (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Ld & disp, hdd 6out, 5th app str, left 4th at last, 4th of 13, 16l behind Mulligan's Man (12-0) at Stradbally 3m ire ptp gd in May.
Blakemans Law 200-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear and keen, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 22l behind Enchanted Garden (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft.
Blueside Boy (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Slightly hampered 1st, mid-division, went 4th and one pace from 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 13, 43l behind Blackwater King (10-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Forty Crown (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden before last, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Malapie (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Get The Papers 11-2 (11-8) Held up mid-division, weakened and tailed off from 3 out, 9th of 12, well behind Witness In Court (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Heron's Mill (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, kept on to take 3rd flat, 3rd of 15, 16l behind Woodpole Academy (11-0) at Newcastle 2m NH Maiden Hurdle (4-6yo) (5) hvy.
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Milano Magic (IRE) 13-8 (10-11) In rear, pushed along and outpaced before 7th, reminders next, headway before last, kept on and no impression, 3rd of 7, 17l behind Highrate (11-0) at Hexham 2m beg chs (4) hvy in Nov.
Phoenix Returns (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Towards rear, steady headway 2 out, went modest 3rd and hit last, 3rd of 13, 29l behind Blackwater King (10-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Rifle Shot (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, struggling 5f out, plugged on, tailed off, 5th of 15, 41l behind Wadswick Court (11-0) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft.
Some Lad (IRE) 7-4fav (10-9) Led, headed 5th, weakened before 2 out, pulled up, in a race won by Dun To Perfection (9-12) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov, 10 ran.
Sorcier (FR) 12-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, hampered and switched left over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 12th of 14, 40l behind Clever Cookie (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gd in Nov.
The Shrimp (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, reminders and lost place after 6th, behind from next, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Maggio (11-5) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Tikkandemickey (IRE) 11-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, smooth headway before 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 13, 9l behind Gymdoli (10-12) at Hexham 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Nov.