HEATH HUNTER, a dual bumper winner, started favourite on his hurdling debut at Wincanton but found Amore Alato too strong. The winner could be useful and the step up in trip is certain to suit so David Pipe's charge looks the one to be on. He receives 7lb from Oscar Tanner, a winner at around this trip at Hexham on fast ground in June before finding 3m stretching his stamina there the following month. Downtown Boy, the winner of two moderate events on the Flat, hasn't shown much in two starts over hurdles and winning bumper Minella Hero was well beaten on his hurdling bow at Uttoxeter.
Oscar Tanner (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway when not fluent 8th, pushed along before 9th, went 3rd approaching last, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 14, 17l behind Indigo Rock (10-12) at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Brunello 50-1 (10-12) With leader, lost place 3 out, soon outpaced, weakened from next, 4th of 6, 21l behind Key To The West (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4yo nov stks (4) sft.
Dancing Lancer 100-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, ridden after 4 out, soon struggling, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Flemenson (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Downtown Boy (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, under pressure when hampered and left in 3rd at 2 out, never on terms, 3rd of 8, 18l behind Purple Bay (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Ferney Boy 100-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent throughout, weakened 4th, soon behind, 5th of 8, well behind Purple Bay (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Heath Hunter (IRE) 15-8fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, ridden and effort between last 2, kept on same pace, well held flat, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Amore Alato (10-12) at Wincanton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs.
Indigo Island (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) In touch, weakened over 3f out, last of 12, 31l behind Theatrical Style (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) gd.
Minella Hero (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure before 3 out, no impression before next, 8th of 15, 31l behind Carlton Jack (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks (5) gd in Oct.
Narcissist (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, headway to chase clear pair before 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Blakemount (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Quick Brew 200-1 (10-5) In rear, headway before 4 out, went 3rd 2 out, kept on, 3rd of 12, 15l behind The Liquidator (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Uppercut De L'orne (FR) 12-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, ridden before 2 out, went 4th before last, no impression, 4th of 9, 21l behind Kilbree Chief (10-5) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.