Dual bumper winner STONEBROOK showed the benefit of a promising debut over hurdles at Wetherby with a convincing success over Voyage A New York on very testing ground at Ayr. He's penalised here but it will be a surprise if he's beaten. Silver Vogue showed good pace for a long way on his debut in a Sedgefield bumper last month and will be much better suited to tackling hurdles as will Delta Forty, a bumper winner at Uttoxeter last April and placed in a Listed bumper at Huntingdon in January. Il Testone is another making his debut over timber and should do best of the remainder.
Stonebrook (IRE) 8-11fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, went 3rd at 4th, challenged 4 out, led 2 out, hung left run-in, kept on well towards finish, won at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Feb beating Voyage A New York (11-3) by 2l, 10 ran.
Il Testone (FR) 16-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 13l behind Coozan George (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Lordenshaws (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, tailed off before 4 out, pulled up, in a race won by Dark Dune (11-2) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb, 6 ran.
Silver Vogue 10-1 (11-4) With leader, led over 5f out, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 18l behind Tom Lamb (10-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Delta Forty 11-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon outpaced by front pair, 3rd of 8, 15l behind Bitofapuzzle (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m mares nh flat (1) hvy in Jan.
Tara Springs 50-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 12, 48l behind Knocklayde Express (10-13) at Kelso 2m mrs N H flat (6) gs in Feb.