Kack Handed scored on his debut for Tim Vaughan reverting to hurdles and is clearly in good heart in new surroundings. He's a leading contender despite his penalty but QUIET WHISPER, also penalised, is preferred if back to the level of an assured handicap success at Towcester when jumping and travelling fluently. Backed into favouritism in better company last time, he didn't hurdle with the same economy and that run is best forgiven. Lieutenant Miller made late progress without troubling the principals on his hurdling debut and can only improve for Nicky Henderson. Not seen since last November, he may just need this, although it would be no surprise to see him take advantage of the weight received from the penalised pair.
Kack Handed 7-2 (10-12) Led, headed after 3 out, soon ridden, 10 lengths down in 2nd went left in front after last, soon pressed, just held on, won at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul beating Ravi River (10-12) by hd, 6 ran.
Quiet Whisper (IRE) 10-3fav (11-5) Raced wide in mid-division, blundered 4th, weakened next, 7th of 11, 17l behind Brunston (11-12) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Lieutenant Miller 40-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway from 3 out, stayed on to modest 4th after 2 out, 4th of 16, 20l behind Act Of Kalanisi (11-0) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Mr Demister 6-4 (12-0) Hdwy 13; one pce 3 out, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Nicks Power (11-7) at Cherrybrook 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Steel Bullet (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, struggling 4th, 13th of 16, well behind Denton Ryal (10-6) at Worcester 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Jun.
Weybridge Light 10-1 (10-2) Mid-division, headway into 6th 4 out, 5th 2 out, soon no impression and dropped to 7th run-in, 7th of 16, 13l behind Oxalido (10-13) at Wexford 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens16 in Aug '09.
Before Bruce 125-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Peadar Miguel (10-4) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Realisation (USA) 11-2 (8-9) Led, strongly challenged over 2f out, hard ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Beaubrav (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Mar (flat).