Crossword finished third on his hurdling debut at Hexham but was beaten a long way by the first two. Still, he finished a distance clear of fourth Mint Imperial and should have no trouble confirming that form. Kissing Clara could improve on her fourth at Market Rasen but it would be no surprise if this went to one of the newcomers. With McCoy booked, it appears that Arctic Reach is the pick of Brendan Powell's two runners but preference is for FREEDOM FLYER. Brian Ellison's stable is flying at present and his gelding can make a winning start over timber at this lowly level if putting a modest effort behind him when favourite at Beverley last month.
Crossword 5-1 (10-9) Chased leading pair, driven and outpaced approaching 2 out, soon no chance with front pair, tailed off, 3rd of 8, well behind Dance For Livvy (10-5) at Hexham 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf.
Kissing Clara (IRE) 11-2 (10-5) Prominent, led 2nd, headed 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 4th of 8, 29l behind Market Maker (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd.
Dew Reward (IRE) 11-4fav (8-12) Tracked leafers, led over 8f out, ridden and strongly challenged over 1f out, held on well, won at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo sell stks (6) pol beating History Girl (8-7) by 1/2l, 8 ran (flat).
Freedom Flyer (IRE) 7-4fav (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 10l behind Dance For Livvy (9-1) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May (flat).
Bobby Dazzler (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Soon crossed over to chase leader until ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 5th of 13, 9l behind Nutshell (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol (flat).
Arctic Reach 20-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, headway on inner over 2f out, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Westhaven (9-2) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol (flat).
Mint Imperial (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Held up mid-division, outpaced 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 4th of 8, well behind Dance For Livvy (10-5) at Hexham 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf.
Snapshott (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 3rd, jumped slowly and hampered 3rd, soon lost place and behind, tailed off 4 out, ran out 2 out, in a race won by Cool Newport (10-5) at Ffos Las 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf, 6 ran.
Xenophon 25-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, reminders halfway, effort over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 11l behind Dew Reward (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo sell stks (6) pol (flat).