A P McCoy returns to race-riding after a few days off and can start back with a winner on board MANJAKANI. After making a winning debut over hurdles at Stratford, John Ferguson's gelding was only beaten a head by the in-form Rolling Maul at Newton Abbot and faces nothing of that one's calibre here. He gets 7lb from the hat-trick seeking Alderbrook Lad, who gives Fontwell scorer Hazzaat 10lb but still makes more appeal than the four-year-old. Desert Robe was returning from a lengthy absence when only beaten a head at Towcester and is open to plenty of improvement.
Alderbrook Lad (IRE) 15-8 (11-0) Made all, not fluent 3 out, driven clear before last, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun beating Indalo Return (10-5) by 5l, 9 ran.
Manjakani 7-4 (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, challenged from 2 out, ridden and edged left under pressure approaching last, every chance run-in, just held, 2nd of 13, hd behind Rolling Maul (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Hazzaat (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Hampered 1st, held up in touch in rear, closed 2 out, challenged last, shaken up to lead close home, won at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun beating Nathans Pride (11-5) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Auldthunder (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Mid-division, weakened after 6th, 7th of 12, well behind Sweet Deal (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Desert Robe 28-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear and keen, headway 3 out, led before 2 out, ridden and pressed last, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 10, hd behind Run On Sterling (10-12) at Towcester 2m nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Joyful Motive 100-1 (10-9) Always behind, 7th of 11, well behind Stephen Hero (10-11) at Fakenham 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Jun.
My Mate Paddy 80-1 (11-0) Towards rear, not fluent 2nd, reminder after next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Silver Eagle (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr '13, 14 ran.
Stuckinthefence (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, outpaced in remote 3rd 3 out, soon lost place and behind, no danger after, 5th of 9, 39l behind Lyric Street (10-12) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
The Rebel Panther (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Led after 1st, headed 4th, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 13, 42l behind Slim Pickens (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) gf in Jun.