A surprising and tremendously good turnout for a summer juvenile hurdle, with, quite remarkably, a runner who was performing at Royal Ascot only last month in the shape of Tom Dascombe's Art Of War. He did finish tailed off behind Elite Army in the King George V Stakes but previous maiden efforts had looked full of promise and it's an intriguing decision to see him here rather than continuing his education on the level. The market should reveal all we need to know about stable expectations. Gimme Five, Jazzy Lady and Intermath finished one-two-three at Uttoxeter and the winner can confirm placings despite his mandatory 7lb penalty. Avel Vor is a winning French import for Philip Hobbs who must be respected but GOODBYE DANCER was so impressive when quickening clear to score unchallenged on his Market Rasen debut that he immediately went into the notebook as one to follow until beaten.
Avel Vor (IRE) (10-7) won at Compiegne(FR) 2m 1f 3yo clm hdl sft in Jun beating Brennus De Sivola (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Gimme Five 2-1fav (10-12) Held up, bumped slightly 2nd, mistake 6th, headway before 3 out, led approaching last, clear flat, ran on, won at Uttoxeter 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jun beating Jazzy Lady (10-5) by 7l, 8 ran.
Goodbye Dancer (FR) 10-3 (10-12) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, smooth headway to lead approaching 2 out, soon clear, eased flat, very easily, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jun beating Zephyr (10-12) by 14l, 7 ran.
Art Of War (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, always in rear, last of 18, 34l behind Elite Army (9-1) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun (flat).
Bright Society (IRE) 33-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, pushed along 5f out, hard ridden 2f out, weakening when hung left over 1f out, 8th of 11, 9l behind Enquiring (8-8) at Bath 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Jun (flat).
Intermath (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, led before 3 out, headed when not fluent last, no extra flat, 3rd of 8, 14l behind Gimme Five (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jun.
L'es Fremantle (FR) 66-1 (8-5) Disputed lead early, tracked leaders, bumped after 2f, ridden over 4f out, weakened 3f out, 4th of 5, 46l behind Nick The Odds (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo sell stks (6) pol in Feb (flat).
Masterpaver 6-1 (8-10) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 15l behind Our Gabrial (9-7) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun (flat).
Rocky Hill Ridge 66-1 (8-7) Tracked leader until over 8f out, ridden 6f out, weakened over 3f out, 6th of 7, well behind Full Moon Fever (8-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Apr (flat).
Ain't No Surprise (IRE) 11-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, headway on inside after 3 out, chased leaders when not fluent next, kept on, no chance with winner, 3rd of 7, 19l behind Goodbye Dancer (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Announcement 8-1 (8-7) Dwelt, in touch, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, 4th of 5, 5l behind Spark Plug (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May (flat).
Dream Big (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 17l behind Glebe Spirit (9-4) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun (flat).
Jazzy Lady (IRE) 4-1 (10-5) Mid-division, bumped 2nd, headway after 5th, stayed on to take 2nd last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Gimme Five (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jun.
No Second Thoughts (IRE) 100-1 (7-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 7, 17l behind Frederic Chopin (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun (flat).