Considering he was a 90-rated handicapper on the Flat, ITTIRAD has been a shade disappointing so far over hurdles having found one too good on a couple of occasions at Stratford. But he should put matters right here getting weight from Odin and last month's Perth second Trend Is My Friend. Imakessense has hinted at ability but his latest run at Huntingdon was a backward step.
Odin (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Tracked winner, outpaced in 3rd after last (usual 2 out), soon no impression with front pair, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 8, 14l behind Laudatory (11-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Trend Is My Friend (USA) 4-1 (10-10) Held up in 4th, not fluent 5th, ridden after 3 out, outpaced when hit 2 out, stayed on flat, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 5l behind Howwoulduno (11-5) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jul.
Itmakessense 14-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, hit 1st, went 2nd before 4th until not fluent 5th, soon ridden, weakened next, 5th of 6, well behind Beachfire (10-11) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gd.
Ittirad (USA) 4-1 (11-0) Led, not fluent throughout, headed before last, no extra, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Falcarragh (11-0) at Stratford 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd.