DEEP TROUBLE ran well on his first two starts after arriving from Ireland before making all for a very easy victory at Worcester in May for which a 7lb penalty shouldn't be enough to prevent a follow-up. Key To The West has finished runner-up twice in bumpers and four times over hurdles, all on ground with plenty of give. He looked as though he'd had enough for the season on his final start of the last campaign. Parsnip Pete showed the occasional promise over hurdles but made his mark over fences last season where he scored twice. Man Of Steel completed a hat-trick of bumper victories on fast ground before a poor run on his hurdling debut but is expected to do much better.
Deep Trouble (IRE) 2-7fav (10-12) Made all, clear before 2 out, unchallenged, won at Worcester 2m nov hdl (4) gd in May beating Panache (10-9) by 19l, 8 ran.
Comeback Colin 9-4 (10-6) Tracked leaders, carried left over 9f out, outpaced over 7f out, rallied 5f out, went 2nd 2f out, stayed on same pace, no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Shuh Shuh Gah (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 1f cond NH flat (6) sft in Apr '12.
Fiddler's Flight (IRE) Convinced gelding out of Carole's Dove.
Key To The West (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) In touch, hit 7th and lost place, ridden in dispute of well held 7th after 3 out, beaten when mistake next, 10th of 15, 42l behind Forresters Folly (11-0) at Ascot 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Man Of Steel (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 22l behind The Skyfarmer (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd.
Parsnip Pete 33-1 (10-5) Behind, headway and in touch on outside 5th, weakened 2 out (usual 3 out), 11th of 23, well behind Alderwood (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Mar.
Portway Flyer (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Mid-division on outside, mistake 1st, headway 4th, weakened after 7th, 6th of 11, well behind Drop Out Joe (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Sep.
Well Related 10-1 (11-1) Tracked leader until 11f out, lost place 4f out, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Mister Jones (11-1) at Hexham 2m NH flat (6) gf in Jun.
Why Always Me (IRE) 80-1 (11-2) Towards rear, reminders after 2nd, losing touch when slow 5th, pulled up after next, in a race won by Titchwood (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs in Feb, 11 ran.