CAPPA BLEU has had just the two previous outings over hurdles. Rated 15lb higher over fences, Evan Williams looks to have found him a good opportunity to get his head back in front. Bumper winner Squeeze Me was still in contention when falling a couple of hurdles from home at Uttoxeter and and has every chance with a clear round, while Kayf Moss and Walk On Al will likely improve from modest debut efforts over timber. Gorsky Island ran well in a bumper last month and the half-brother to prolific hurdles winner Banjaxed Girl is one to note.
Cappa Bleu (IRE) 11-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd until before 9th, weakened from next, 4th of 5, 25l behind Vintage Star (11-3) at Carlisle 3m grad ch (2) hvy in Nov.
Church Bray 20-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 7f out, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 22l behind Plain Sailing (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn NH flat (6) gf in Jun.
Gorsky Island 10-1 (10-9) Tracked leader until 9f out, ridden 4f out, outpaced 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 5, 4 1/2l behind Flying Eagle (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) sft in Nov.
Kayf Moss 10-1 (11-0) In touch in mid-division, not fluent 4th, niggled along and closed next, ridden after 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 10, well behind Cloud Brook (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Smiles For Miles (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Led, headed approaching final 3f, chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 8, 18l behind Wilde Blue Yonder (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Walk On Al (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 3 out, ridden and weakened before next, 5th of 11, 24l behind Mountain Tunes (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Frosty Dawn Desideratum mare out of Frosty Petal.
Silk Sky 66-1 (10-12) Mid-division, hampered 1st, weakened halfway, soon tailed off, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Toubeera (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd in Apr, 9 ran.
Squeeze Me 14-1 (10-5) Mostly tracked leader until led before 3 out, ridden and narrowly headed when fell 2 out, in a race won by Milan Bound (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov, 5 ran.