Letsby Avenue has only found one too good in his last two starts but was beaten a long way over course and distance last month. Billfromthebar should improve on a recent second at Aintree and probably has more scope and is preferred to Rally The Troops, who has shown promise between the flags and under Rules but has been off the track for a very long time. THE ROAD AHEAD has been making steady progress in bumpers and finally got off the mark at Market Rasen last month. Breeding suggests the longer trip will suit on her hurdling debut so she gets the nod.
Billfromthebar (IRE) 3-1fav (10-12) Tracked leader, pushed along briefly before 6th, led after 8th, headed approaching last, no impression flat, stayed on one pace, 2nd of 8, 10l behind Killala Quay (10-12) at Aintree 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Direct Approach (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, tailed off 5 out, pulled up, in a race won by Loose Preformer (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May, 11 ran.
Kukurudu (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Held up, not fluent 4th or 6th, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Killala Quay (10-12) at Aintree 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Letsby Avenue 8-13fav (10-12) Held up in touch, tracked leaders 5th, went 2nd after 4 out, no chance with easy winner in clear 2nd from next, 2nd of 7, 23l behind Toubeera (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Mon Homme 50-1 (11-0) Held up behind, not fluent 2nd, chased leaders 3 out, outpaced when blundered next, weakened before last, 7th of 9, 20l behind Bittersweetheart (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gf.
Multitude Of Sins 14-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, led early, chased winner, ridden and no chance when lost 2nd over 2f out, rider dropped whip soon after, dropped to 4th in closing stages, 4th of 10, 32l behind Kings Palace (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 2f nhf (6) sft in Dec.
Oorayvic (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Prominent, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 12, 30l behind Factor Fifty (10-8) at Southwell 2m cond NH flat (6) gd.
Rally The Troops (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Disputed 2nd, led well over 2f out, soon hard pressed, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 17, 6l behind Claret Cloak (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov '11.
Themanfromcork 4-1 (11-7) 2nd of 13, 1l behind Gone That Way (12-0) at Kingston St Mary 2m 4f ptp gs in Mar '12.
Trentside William 250-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd or 6th, behind 8th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Indigo Rock (10-12) at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd, 14 ran.
Yellow Duke (FR) 20-1 (11-6) Led, jumped right 2nd, headed 3rd, lost place 5th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Super Collider (11-6) at Worcester 2m nov clm hdl (5) gd, 12 ran.
The Road Ahead 11-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, clear 2f out, ran on well, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) gd in May beating Retrieve The Stick (10-12) by 6l, 15 ran.