Ballyglasheen did well to win at Ludlow last week as he was very slow over his hurdles. He has a penalty to carry on his handicap debut and that will count against him. Fellow three-year-old Aficionado also looks worth opposing as, along with Mr Bolt and Monbeg, he is racing out of the handicap proper. CARLTON JACK got off the mark when stepped up in trip at Uttoxeter and can double his tally here with Maurice Linehan taking off 5lb as the going may be too soft for course and distance winner Red Eyes. Herostatus has won on the Flat this year and was fourth at Wetherby on his last hurdles run but has only managed one place in six previous starts over timber.
Carlton Jack 9-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, headway on inside before 3 out, poised to challenge when blundered next, soon outpaced, switched right approaching last, ridden and ran on to lead final 50 yards, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks (5) gd beating Keltic Rhythm (10-11) by 2l, 15 ran.
Red Eyes 4-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, mistake 3rd, hit 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 33l behind Mysteree (10-12) at Perth 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Mr Utah 33-1 (11-5) Mid-division on outer, no impression in 9th early straight, kept on from before last without threatening, 8th of 17, 8l behind Mireya (10-12) at Listowel 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Granaruid (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 36l behind Solway Bay (10-4) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jul.
Herostatus 14-1 (10-12) Rear division, headway 4 out, one pace in 5th 3 out, weakened from last, 4th of 13, 17l behind Three Kingdoms (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Ballyglasheen (IRE) 2-1fav (11-8) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 4th, soon lost ground on rivals and given reminder, closed next, close 3rd when switched right before 3 out, went 2nd last, led flat, hard ridden, held on, won at Ludlow 2m 3yo clm hdl (4) gd beating Aglaophonos (11-2) by nk, 7 ran.
Mr Bolt (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Soon mid-division on outer, ridden 3 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 16, 12l behind Jansboy (11-12) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Monbeg (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 4th, outpaced from 2 out, no extra approaching last, 7th of 10, 17l behind Hartforth (10-4) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Aficionado 15-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, hit 3rd, lost place when not fluent 5th, well beaten after 3 out, plugged on flat, 5th of 8, 18l behind Estinaad (10-8) at Perth 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Sep.