Mike Sowersby's string are in red hot form and Tennessee Bird can be competitive off his light racing weight but ASHCOTT BOY produced a career best at Worcester recently, and we'll take Neil Mulholland's gelding to have built upon that performance. Missionaire will reoppose off 3lb better terms and Tony Carroll's charge may have gone close had he not flattened the last flight. Annelko was third in a maiden hurdle at Fakenham last month and while he has been beaten since, the form of the race is working out well. Sugar Hiccup won a handicap on the Flat for Clive Cox a couple of years ago and though she's shown nothing over hurdles, the booking of Tony McCoy is enough to make punters take notice.
Annelko 14-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, went 3rd from last, kept on run-in, 4th of 8, 15l behind Mighty Clarets (11-2) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jun.
Poetic Power (IRE) 80-1 (10-7) Pulled hard and held up well in rear, brief effort before 4 out, weakened well before next, well beaten when blundered 2 out, 9th of 13, well behind King of Dudes (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Ashcott Boy 10-1 (11-12) Mid-division on outside, driven before 3 out, ridden and stayed on approaching last, went 2nd flat, no impression, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Pour Changer (11-3) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Red Rosso 66-1 (11-9) Prominent, not fluent 3rd, ridden and lost place after 5th, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Social Realism (11-9) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Ivans Back (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Held up, took keen hold, not fluent 5th, headway next, soon weakened, 8th of 13, 40l behind Emerald Glade (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Missionaire (USA) 6-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, challenged on outside 3 out, soon led, ridden and headed after last, weakened into 4th flat, 4th of 10, 6l behind Pour Changer (11-3) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Oliver's Gold 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, no impression before 3 out, 9th of 16, 21l behind Murfreesboro (9-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Goat Castle (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, effort before 3 out, never dangerous, 7th of 13, 46l behind Man Of Leisure (11-9) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Tennessee Bird 9-2 (10-7) Led, clear after 1st, mistake 5th, headed after 3 out, 4th and one pace 2 out, 5th of 12, 12l behind Pobs Trophy (10-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hld 0-95 (5) gf.
Sugar Hiccup (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Chased leaders until lost place before 4th, tailed off and pulled up after 5th, in a race won by Uimhir A Seacht (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl (3yo+) (5) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Deny 9-1 (10-8) Mid-division, under pressure 3 out, soon no impression, 9th of 14, 30l behind King's Chorister (11-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar '12.