Twice a winner over hurdles at this track including his latest start, HES OUR LAD can open his account over the larger obstacles. He'll need to brush up his jumping a little but is just preferred to Mark Twain. The latter was having his first start since February when fourth at Uttoxeter last time and much better is expected here. Plenty Pocket would figure if running up to his hurdling mark on his first start over the larger obstacles and three-time winning hurdler Alfraamsey could get involved on his chasing bow. Irish raider Vinnes Friend makes more appeal than Johnny No Cash.
Hes Our Lad (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Held up, headway going well approaching 6th, challenged 2 out, soon led, easily, won at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs beating Fashionable Gal (11-1) by 11l, 10 ran.
Johnny No Cash (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) In rear, mistakes, behind 7th, pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Papradon (11-7) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs, 12 ran.
Mark Twain (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Held up in 5th, not fluent 4th, niggled along and losing touch next, behing from 6th, hit 8th, 4th of 5, 28l behind Saved By John (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f beg chase (4) gd in Jun.
Plenty Pocket (FR) 9-4 (11-5) Raced keenly, held up in last pair, headway when mistake 2 out, went 2nd and ridden before last, kept on same pace, no chance with winner flat, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Forty Thirty (11-5) at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) gf in Jul.
Vinnes Friend (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Waited with towards rear, ridden into moderate 6th before straight, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 25l behind Khan Tengri (10-5) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Jul.
Alfraamsey 17-2 (11-0) Led, hard driven when strongly challenged 2 out, headed before last, faded flat, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Rajnagan (11-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.