WHIPCRACKAWAY is progressing nicely over hurdles, only going down by a length-and-a-quarter at Fontwell last time. He was just about the best of these on the Flat and can make it third-time lucky today getting 7lb from Juno The Muffinman. The latter won at Plumpton and wasn't beaten far under a penalty at Huntingdon, however, and should make his presence felt again. Ironically may do better over further while Acht has a bit to find but newcomers Arte Del Calcio and Allusive Power would be worth a second look if the market spoke in their favour.
Juno The Muffinman (IRE) 11-8fav (11-5) Chased leaders, mistake 3 out, soon driven, hung left 2 out, kept on same pace closing stages, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Outback (10-5) at Huntingdon 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Arte Del Calcio 14-1 (9-1) Held up, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Graylyn Valentino (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug (flat).
Athletic 22-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, chased leaders inside final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Les Verguettes (9-5) at Leicester 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Oct (flat).
Golden Jubilee (USA) 11-1 (10-12) Mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Tidal Way (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct, 5 ran.
Whipcrackaway (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not much room 1st, headway approaching 2 out, went 2nd before mistake 2 out, mistake last, unable to challenge, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Feb Thirtyfirst (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo mdn hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Acht (GER) 7-2 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 3rd, not fluent next, ridden after 2 out, weakened after last, 4th of 8, 14l behind Pass The Time (10-12) at Fakenham 2m Fillies Juvenile Hurdle (3yo) (3) gs in Oct.
Allusive Power (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, niggled along in 3rd under 4f out, got great run along inner straight and challenged inside final furlong, stayed on best to lead close home, won at Ballinrobe 1m 1f fll mdn stks sft in Jun beating Golden Acorn (9-0) by 1l, 5 ran (flat).
Ironically (IRE) 10-3 (10-7) Held up, in rear 4th, stayed on approaching last, went 3rd flat, closing on 2nd close home, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Pass The Time (10-12) at Fakenham 2m Fillies Juvenile Hurdle (3yo) (3) gs in Oct.
Isola Bella 40-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 21l behind Grand Liaison (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct (flat).