Viva Steve was quietly fancied on his chasing bow at Uttoxeter but never figured. A winning hurdler, he'll know more today but this looks a good opportunity for BEAR'S AFFAIR to open his account over the larger obstacles. He's probably come up against decent novices at Uttoxeter and Fakenham and a repeat of either of those runs should suffice. Kentford Legend won over hurdles at Exeter in May but Dunlough Bay is probably more interesting as he was highly tried over timber on occasions last winter and will have needed his first run over fences at Market Rasen.
Bear's Affair (IRE) 85-40 (11-3) Led, blunder first, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 8l behind Wonderful Charm (11-3) at Fakenham 2m 5f nov chs (3) gd in Oct.
Dunlough Bay (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Tracked leader until hit 9th, soon in rear, no chance after, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Gullinbursti (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 6f (3) sft.
Kentford Legend 12-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 6th, some headway into mid-division and reminders after 3 out, soon beaten, tailed off, 15th of 17, well behind Invicta Lake (11-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Viva Steve (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Prominent until not fluent 6th, in touch, not fluent 5 out, 4th and outpaced before next, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 19l behind Renard D'Irlande (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft.
Oscar Baby (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Mid-division, ridden and struggling after 8th, tailed off and eased after 4 out, last of 14, well behind Hopatina (11-4) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.