Thomas Crapper has some decent form in the book but got bogged down under a penalty over a longer trip here at the start of the month and that may be the case again today. Donald McCain's pair Radio Nowhere, fourth at Leicester earlier this month, and Spitfire Ace, placed in a point-to-point and a bumper, could go well but the interesting one is WHISPER. Nicky Henderson's four-year-old easily won a Ffos Las bumper in April on his racecourse debut and the runner-up already has a rating of 116 over hurdles. One For The Boss is probably the pick of the remainder.
Thomas Crapper 15-8fav (11-4) Held up, not fluent 3rd, headway next, outpaced after 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 8, 14l behind Two Rockers (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft.
Onedin Line 5-1 (11-9) In rear, some progress 4f out, ridden in moderate 3rd 2f out, no impression, 4th of 8, 46l behind Return Spring (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat gf in Aug.
One For The Boss (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Prominent, led briefly before 4 out, chased winner until hit 3 out, soon no extra in 3rd, 3rd of 9, 33l behind De Blacksmith (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Paxford Junior 200-1 (10-3) Always in rear, tailed off, 14th of 18, well behind Oscatara (10-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft.
Radio Nowhere (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) In touch in rear, ridden and hit 4 out, weakened next, 4th of 6, 13l behind Dungeel (10-12) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Spitfire Ace (IRE) 5-2 (11-0) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Heronshaw (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Nov.
Wak A Turtle (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, 11th of 13, 42l behind Kilmurvy (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Whisper (FR) 2-1fav (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 5f out, led 4f out, came well clear final 2f, very easily, won at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) gd in Apr beating Cheat The Cheater (11-4) by 15l, 9 ran.
Wheelavher 50-1 (10-12) Pressed leader, led 5th until mistake and headed 2 out, chased leader until weakened on long run to last, 7th of 11, 39l behind Lord Of House (11-5) at Folkestone 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy.