Red Skipper made little impact when dropped into this grade at Hexham last time and looks one to be wary of now but there is possibly still a little improvement in Belle De Fontenay, who was second in a mares' maiden hurdle at Fontwell before finishing last of three at Exeter. HUCKING HERO knows how to get his head in front where it matters, however, and didn't do a great deal wrong when runner-up to Baccalaureate at Uttoxeter last month. He can return to winnings way here as Pobs Trophy has plenty to find at the weights and Towcester third Mutajaaser looks a tricky ride.
Hucking Hero (IRE) 7-4fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th, led 3 out, hard pressed next, ridden and headed before last, no extra when mistake last, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Baccalaureate (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m cond sll hdl (5) gf in May.
Pobs Trophy 28-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden after 3 out, some headway when not fluent 2 out, no impression on leaders, mistake last, 4th of 9, 22l behind Galley Slave (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Mutajaaser (USA) 14-1 (10-5) Held up, took keen hold, mistake 1st, headway approaching 3 out, no impression on winner but pressing for 2nd when mistake and hampered last, 3rd of 5, 11l behind Leopard Hills (11-3) at Towcester 2m nov sell hdl (5) gf in May.
Red Skipper (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway after 2 out, went 4th at last, no impression, 4th of 12, 21l behind Heart Of Dubai (10-8) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Wicklewood 50-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, struggling halfway, tailed off from before 3 out, last of 10, well behind Sire De Grugy (11-5) at Fakenham 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Belle De Fontenay (FR) 2-1 (10-13) Led, took keen hold, headed when not fluent 5th, hit next, ridden approaching 3 out, soon 3rd and well held, last of 3, 40l behind Star Potential (10-2) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) fm in Apr.
Thetasteofparadise 100-1 (10-4) In rear, mistakes, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Dark Energy (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gf, 10 ran.