Alphabetical Order has already won at Stratford and Bangor this summer but looks to be facing a stiff task conceding 7lb to LUCKY CODY, not taking into account Alan Johns' claim. Brian Ellison's gelding took a while to get to grips with hurdles but looked progressive when beating previous winner Handmaid by 14 lengths over course and distance earlier this month when Battledancer was a well-beaten fifth. Dashing Over has shown promise in bumpers but makes his hurdling debut today.
Alphabetical Order 11-8 (11-5) Made all, hit 2nd and 6th, challenged 3 out, drew clear next, ran on strongly, won at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd beating Hazzaat (11-0) by 19l, 3 ran.
Lucky Cody (IRE) 13-8 (10-12) Tracked leader, led after 3 out, drew clear from next, blundered last, unextended flat, easily, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd beating Handmaid (10-12) by 14l, 7 ran.
Battledancer 50-1 (10-12) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, weakened before next, tailed off, 5th of 7, 48l behind Lucky Cody (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Dashing Over 4-1 (11-2) Led, headed 7f out, close up, led again over 3f out, headed over 1f out, no extra, 4th of 9, 9l behind Bumble Bay (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jul.