BOLD POLICY is a speculative pick with Kirkhammerton and Vacario on the shortlist of dangers. Milton Harris tends to do well with his runners in this grade and while Bold Policy has a bit to find on official figures, it is worth noting that he was rated in the high 120's earlier last year so fingers are crossed that the blinkers work the oracle. Kirkhammerton ran disappointingly at Bangor last time out, He is adequate enough at this level. Vacario is another of Charlie Mann's horses to have been presented with a downgrade. On official BHA figures, he is one of the better hopes but the trainer's other runners at this level have produced a real mixed bag of results. Knar Mardy is worth another chance at the minimum trip after his recent placing at Southwell. Stir On The Sea is a rare Rebecca Curtis runner at this level but as she is in receipt of plenty of weight allowances she is a factor. Bold Policy should be a decent price and represents a worthwhile shot in the dark.
Bold Policy (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Tracked winner, challenged 5th, led next, headed 2 out, soon ridden and outpaced by leading pair, no imprssion before last, lost 3rd post, 4th of 10, 14l behind What's Up Doc (10-12) at Fakenham 2m sell hdl (5) gf.
Decree Nisi 20-1 (10-8) Always in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Good Harvest (11-10) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Oct, 11 ran.
Doubly Sharp (USA) 16-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, reminders 4th, weakened halfway, tailed off when pulled up before 10th, in a race won by Gunship (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-90 (5) sft, 11 ran.
Kirkhammerton (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, tracked leaders after 3rd, weakened approaching 2 out, 6th of 8, 43l behind Knight In Purple (11-3) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Vacario (GER) 16-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, weakened before 4 out, behind when hampered next, tailed off, 7th of 14, well behind Corker (10-8) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Den Maschine 12-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear on outer, headway 3 out, in 3rd and held when quickly pulled up before last, in a race won by Tri Nations (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f nov sell hdl (5) gd in Apr, 14 ran.
Kelly Manor (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden after 3 out, weakening when hit 2 out, 5th of 8, 15l behind Hayes Princess (11-3) at Towcester 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gf in Apr.
Knar Mardy 3-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, went 4th from 4th, went 2nd after 3 out,one pace, 3rd of 6, 12l behind Tharaya (11-0) at Southwell 2m Mares Selling Hurdle (4yo+) (5) gd in Apr.
Musical Affair 100-1 (10-10) Jumped slowly throughout, always behind, 11th of 14, well behind North Walk (11-9) at Fakenham 2m cnd sll hcp hdl 0-85 (5) gf in Oct '08.
Bari Bay 16-1 (9-11) Towards rear, ridden 5th, stayed on from 3 out, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Hammer (11-6) at Taunton 2m 1f Selling Handicap Hurdle (0-90) (4-7yo) (5) gs in Apr.
Stir On The Sea (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, ridden at bypassed 2 out, stayed on same pace, no impression, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Madame Mado (11-4) at Ffos Las 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Apr.