Calypso Bay is only 3lb higher than when last successful over hurdles but Mauricetheathlete has plenty of weight and Hollins has been showing little sign of a revival. Auberge is paying the price for a couple of wins earlier in the year and Sir Frank has been disappointing over fences but Bertie Boru and Bangor winner Flicka Williams are lightly raced, though the latter has been hit hard by the handicapper. KING BORU was clear of the third when runner-up to the odds-on Loose Change at Worcester last month and could be the answer trying 3m for the first time.
Mauricetheathlete (IRE) 50-1 (10-4) Prominent, ridden and lost place after 4 out, tailed off, 19th of 22, well behind Trackmate (11-1) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
King Boru (IRE) 9-4 (10-9) Held up in rear, switched right after 7th, headway next, chased winner from 9th, no impression from 3 out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 8, 5l behind No Loose Change (10-7) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Bertie Boru (IRE) 9-2 (10-8) Mid-division, headway 4 out, chased leaders 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 16l behind Sound Investment (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Sir Frank (IRE) 3-1fav (11-0) Led, not fluent 1st, soon headed, lost place 4th, headway 8th, outpaced next, well beaten 5 out, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Sergeant Pink (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Sep.
Calypso Bay (IRE) 15-8fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, mistakes 4th and 5th, not fluent 10th, ridden next, jumped right and went 3rd 3 out, no impression, 3rd of 5, 11l behind More Equity (10-8) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
Flicka Williams (IRE) 5-2 (11-12) Held up, headway before 3 out, led 2 before 2 out, readily, won at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep beating Jeanry (10-2) by 2l, 9 ran.
Hollins 33-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway 6th, no impression from 2 out, 5th of 15, 7l behind Lovey Dovey (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.
Auberge (IRE) 22-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 6th, kept on same pace from 2 out, not fluent last, 4th of 14, 5l behind Diamond's Return (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Mallusk (IRE) 11-1 (10-9) Mid-division, towards rear when hit 5 out, never on terms, 7th of 13, 15l behind Wings Of Smoke (11-9) at Newbury 2m 2f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) gs in Nov.
Fidelor (FR) 20-1 (11-8) Mid-division, headway 4 out, weakened 2 out, 8th of 15, 34l behind Hatters River (11-8) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Vivona Hill 13-2 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 43l behind Tantamount (10-4) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jul.
Blackstone Vegas 6-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway 8th, kept on same pace from 3 out, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Marico (10-6) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.