Barizan didn't stay 2m4f at Worcester last time so the Swinton Hurdle second might be worth opposing here. Local Hero last won at this track in 2012 off a 7lb higher mark and has been in decent form on the Flat lately. He's sure to run well and Street Entertainer came right back to form at Fontwell, though has been raised 9lb for his troubles. Australia Day will ensure a strong gallop but hasn't won over hurdles since 2010 and we fancy GOLD FUTURES to continue on an upward curve by completing the hat-trick. This is easiest his toughest task to date but he'll be staying on up the straight, which may not be the case with some of the others. Lucky Landing is better over fences.
Barizan (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Led until 3rd, short of room in inside before 5th, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 30l behind Vulcanite (11-7) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gf in Jun.
Australia Day (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Jumped well, made all and set good pace, pushed along and kept on gamely before last, unchallenged, won at Kempton 2m hcp chs (2) gd in May beating Turn Over Sivola (10-10) by 4l, 7 ran.
Local Hero (GER) 7-1 (11-5) Towards rear, dropped to rear and mistake 3rd, tailed off 5th, pulled up after next, in a race won by Fergall (11-3) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr, 11 ran.
Street Entertainer (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, keen early, mistake 3rd, led approaching 2 out, ran on well, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May beating Ittirad (11-8) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Gold Futures (IRE) 10-3fav (11-12) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, driven next, went 2nd between last 2, led last, ridden clear flat, won at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in May beating Teo Vivo (11-4) by 6l, 9 ran.
Lucky Landing (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Behind, hampered 4th, outpaced 4 out, never near leaders, 6th of 11, 24l behind Book'em Danno (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.