Martin Weston has already posted a couple of successes in the current campaign with his small string and looks to have a solid chance with ex-Mark Johnston inmate GREEN LIGHTNING. He's finished close up in four of his last five handicap hurdles and should go close if handling this step-up in trip. Consistency is an important component to have on your side in these selling contests and he seems sure to be in the shake-up. Hugo Drax is interesting despite having shown little in five hurdling starts for David Pipe. He's owned by Pipe senior and was better last time, so has to be noted here with the first-time application of a tongue tie and blinkers off a fair mark. Master Wells and Sovereign Spirit are well into the veteran stage but remain competitive at this level whilst the champion jockey is a rare booking for Anabel Murphy on Whatsabillion.
Wild Tonto (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Pulled hard early, held up in mid-division, awkward 2nd and 7th, ridden and weakened 3 out, 9th of 12, well behind Taigan (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Boomtown Kat 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders on outside, lost place 2nd, closed 5th, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 10, 39l behind Titch Strider (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in May.
Downward Spiral (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 2nd, not fluent 5th, went 2nd before next, led 11th, headed before 4 out, jumped left 3 out, no extra next, 7th of 13, 32l behind Jupiter Rex (10-13) at Ludlow 3m cond hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb.
Whatsabillion (IRE) 13-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, challenged 9th, led 3 out, headed before next, no extra approaching last, 5th of 13, 34l behind Solis (11-8) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Freddy's Star (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, pushed along 4th, mistake last, one pace flat, 5th of 12, 5l behind Wom (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Patricktom Boru (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Western Kate (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf, 16 ran.
Hadron Collider (FR) 50-1 (10-6) Mid-division, ridden 6th, weakened next, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Leath Acra Mor (11-7) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Mangonel 25-1 (10-8) Led until 1st, mid-division, headway 7th, soon beaten, 7th of 14, 31l behind Leath Acra Mor (11-7) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Theoystercatcher (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, pushed along and weakened after 3 out, 5th of 10, 43l behind Nicky Nutjob (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 6f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Sovereign Spirit (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, left in lead after 1st, headed 5th, led again after 3 out, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 10, 27l behind Noble Chic (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Majestic Bull (USA) 20-1 (11-1) Towards rear, tailed off 4 out, 12th of 13, well behind Man Of Leisure (11-9) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Jewellery (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Soon mid-division, headway and in touch 5th, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 15, 14l behind Amistress (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-100) (4yo+) (5) gf.
Iheardu 50-1 (11-0) With leader, left in lead 7th, headed 2 out, weakened before last, tailed off, 8th of 12, 48l behind Man Of Leisure (11-11) at Stratford 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Green Lightning (IRE) 9-4fav (10-10) Held up in rear, headway 6th, ridden after 3 out, edged left before 2 out, stayed on flat, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Just Cloudy (11-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Comical Red 25-1 (10-9) Towards rear, in rear and pushed along 4th, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Bach On Tow (10-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May, 18 ran.
Hugo Drax (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 6th, ridden after 3 out, no extra next, 5th of 13, 18l behind Just Cloudy (11-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Master Wells (IRE) 4-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, not fluent 4th, steady headway approaching 4 out, chased leaders before 2 out, went 2nd 2 out, led narrowly last, headed post, 2nd of 12, hd behind Millie O'Brien (9-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f sell hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in May.
Portmeade 66-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, behind after 8th, never in contention, 9th of 14, 22l behind Little Eaglet (10-11) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf.