Several hurdling newcomers catch the eye here including Peintre Ster, who has won a couple of bumpers on the Polytrack here. Today's ground could be a problem, however, while Sharakti's three Flat wins came on a faster surface. Marble Walk looks as though he's going to be an out-and-out stayer and Willow's Saviour may need more time, a remark that could also be applied to Dream Again Boys. SAME DIFFERENCE only had to be pushed out to win an Irish point-to-point in March and is a half-brother to a 2m hurdles winner. He gets a tentative vote though Heliopsis should do better now tackling a set of hurdles.
Baldadash (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Towards rear, headway into mid-division 4f out, kept on final 2f, never near leaders, 5th of 17, 24l behind Claret Cloak (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs.
Dartford Warbler (IRE) 22-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, not always fluent, well beaten 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 12, 46l behind Cotton Mill (10-7) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Dream Again Boys (IRE) Presenting gelding out of The Silver Dyer.
Farbreaga (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, hit 2nd, struggling from halfway, tailed off before 3 out, 9th of 13, well behind Fox Appeal (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft.
Fighting Flynn (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of Innovate.
Heliopsis (IRE) 2-1fav (11-2) Held up mid-division and keen, led 8f out, headed over 1f out, kept on final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Just Cloudy (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Kilmacowen (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Ld, 4l adv 6out, chall when outjumped 2out & hdd aftr 2out, no ch with wnr bef last, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Tell Dawstown (12-0) at Dawstown 3m ire ptp sft in May.
Le Chasse Spleen (FR) 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, hampered and lost place bend after 2nd, outpaced 3 out, weakened next, 11th of 14, well behind Molotof (10-12) at Wincanton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs.
Lostayer (IRE) Luso gelding out of Kamlass.
Marble Walk (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, steady headway over 5f out, stayed on to modest 3rd approaching final 2f, one pace and no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 13, 15l behind Financial Climate (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) hvy.
Next Hight (IRE) (9-2) 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Guardian Angel (9-2) at Krefeld(GER) 1m 3f mdn stks in May (flat).
Next Man In (IRE) 100-1 (10-13) Towards rear, pushed along over 7f out, tailed off from over 4f out, 15th of 18, well behind Montbazon (10-8) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (2) gd in Mar.
Peintre Ster (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on gamely, won at Lingfield 2m n h flat (6) std beating Ilewin Dundee (10-13) by nk, 12 ran.
Same Difference (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Rcd 3rd, 2nd 4out, disp next & ld 2out, row, won at Ballyragget 3m ire ptp gs in Mar beating Lettermacaward (12-0) by 4l, 13 ran.
Sharakti (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 26l behind Set To Music (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul (flat).
Simply Ben (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, plugged on final 2f, went modest 4th last strides, 4th of 16, 18l behind Cheltenian (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (5) gs in Feb.
Willow's Saviour 5-4fav (10-7) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on towards finish, 4th of 11, 7l behind Crowning Jewel (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Zagova (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Raced in last trio well off the pace, went modest 4th soon after 6th, ridden next, never on terms, 5th of 9, 40l behind Grabtheglory (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.