Oliver Sherwood's stable has been among the winners lately and the yard has a good strike rate here with its novice hurdlers. UBALDO DES MENHIES has his first run in England but landed a bumper in France back in May and wouldn't need to be anything special to make a winning debut over timber. Invicta Lake finished just ahead of Rum And Butter when third to Regal One here last month and may be the best of those with hurdling experience, though he probably lacks the scope of bumpers winners Mister Newby and Pendra.
Browns Brook (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders early, mid-division, pushed along over 5f out, no headway, well beaten over 2f out, 7th of 10, 27l behind Houseparty (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Castlemorris King 9-2 (8-10) Steadied start, held up in last pair, headway over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd over 1f out, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Passion Play (8-10) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug (flat).
Edeiff's Lad 28-1 (10-11) Held up in touch in rear, headway over 6f out, weakened 5f out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Billy Twyford (10-11) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in May.
Fluter Phil 50-1 (10-12) In touch, took keen hold, not fluent 5th, closing when not fluent next, close 3rd when jumped left and fell 3 out, in a race won by Battlecat (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep, 9 ran.
Generous Spender 100-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, struggling over 4f out, stayed on final 2f, nearest finish, 5th of 11, 12l behind Cresswell Melody (9-10) at Plumpton 2m 2f mdn NH flat (6) hvy in Feb '11.
Invicta Lake (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd at 3rd, effort 3 out, kept on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 13, 9l behind Regal One (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Lydstep Point 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure after 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Mr Mole (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Mister Newby (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Held up behind, headway 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 25l behind Ballincurrig (10-12) at Southwell 2m cond NH flat (6) sft in Apr.
Pendra (IRE) 9-4fav (10-3) Held up towards rear, steady headway halfway, went 2nd 6f out, going well over 2f out, not much room on outside rail until squeezed through to lead over 1f out, soon clear, won at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar beating Beckhani (11-2) by 8l, 12 ran.
Rum And Butter (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, headway 4 out, chased leaders after next, staying on in 2nd when mistake last, faded flat, 4th of 13, 10l behind Regal One (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Tom Sang (FR) 50-1 (10-11) In touch, under pressure 4 out, soon lost place, 7th of 13, 33l behind Regal One (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Ubaldo Des Menhies (FR) (9-13) won at Le Lion D'angers(FR) 1m 3f 4yo nhf sft in May beating Ulfried Du Sap (9-10) by hd, 9 ran.
Xaarcet (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place 7th, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Le Bec (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.