David Pipe unleashes winning pointers Rathlin Rose and Skylander under Rules. The former has more scope but will benefit from facing a set of hurdles and a longer trip. ARABIC HISTORY is a half-brother to a six-times Flat winner so should have the pace for this and John Ferguson's record in bumpers in enviable. He should be able to beat the returning Upsanddowns in receipt of 8lb. Lucky Gal has run a couple of fair races at Worcester but looks nothing special.
Upsanddowns (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Soon raced in moderate 2nd, closed and led under 5f out, joined from under 4f out, ridden before straight, headed 1f out, soon no impression, dropped to 3rd near finish, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Wicklow Brave (11-13) at Tipperary 2m NH flat gd in Oct.
Rathlin Rose (IRE) 5-2 (12-2) Mid-div, 5th 1/2way, prog to 8l 2nd 3out, closer 4l 2nd last, disp last, ko best close home, cosily, won at Ballysteen 3m ire ptp gs in May beating Ballinard Billy (12-2) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Riddle Me This Yawmi gelding out of Ambience Lady.
Skylander (IRE) 11-4 (12-2) Cl up, 5th on inner after a mile, 3l 3rd aftr 6out & prog 2out, ld bef last, easily, won at Kinsale 3m ire ptp in May beating Violoniste (12-2) by 4l, 13 ran.
Tailor Of Panama Loup Sauvage gelding out of Travel Dehouche.
Arabic History (IRE) Teofilo gelding out of Ruby Affair.
Lucky Gal 9-2 (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway 8f out, driven over 2f out, soon beaten, 4th of 10, 20l behind Hannah Just Hannah (11-0) at Worcester 2m mares n h flat (6) gf in Jun.