Youralltalk looks set to pick up a small race but, given that he's looked slightly one-paced over three miles already, perhaps over a sterner test than this one. Preference is for DON'T TURN BACH, too free to do himself justice on his debut for the yard at Aintree. Reported to have improved for a breathing operation over the summer, he's been described as 'a very interesting prospect' by his trainer and that certainly looks to be the case. He's taken to score over timber at the first time of asking, making the most of the weight received from Habbie Simpson, himself a bumper winner at Southwell last year. He was left clear on his hurdling debut but probably would have won anyway and should acquit himself well with conditions ideal. The Old Pretender's absence isn't a concern given his connections and along with Morcambe he should be considered but Don't Turn Bach looks the one.
Habbie Simpson 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th and keen, jumped right 1st and 3rd, ridden to lead approaching last, in command when left clear after last, kept on well, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Front Of House (11-5) by 11l, 11 ran.
Artic Pride (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Held up, pushed along and outpaced over 4f out, stayed on from over 2f out, 4th of 16, 19l behind Bangkok Pete (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in May '09.
Colonel Alf 33-1 (10-12) Not fluent in rear, mistake 2nd, lost touch approaching 7th, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Mossley (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Coral Point (IRE) 5-2 (10-7) Held up; hdwy 14; led aft 3 out; comf, won at Higham 3m ptp gd in Apr beating The Nuns Legacy (12-0) by 15l, 10 ran.
Direct Approach (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, pushed along approaching 8th, weakened approaching next, 4th of 9, 28l behind Richard The Third (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Mar.
Don't Turn Bach (IRE) 4-1fav (11-4) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, went 2nd over 5f out until 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 19th of 20, well behind Megastar (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f nat hunt flat Grade 2 (1) gd in Apr.
Fidelor (FR) 33-1 (10-13) Towards rear, behind 8th, pulled up before last, in a race won by Educated Evans (10-11) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct, 13 ran.
Flying Flagship 100-1 (11-0) Close up in chasing group, headway 6th, one pace after 3 out, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 12, 21l behind Organisateur (11-1) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Life Long (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) In touch early, behind 7th, 11th of 15, 40l behind Court By Surprise (10-12) at Hereford 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Morcambe 9-1 (10-12) In touch, tracked leaders after 3rd, ridden 4 out, weakened next, 6th of 8, 38l behind Carribs Leap (10-12) at Fakenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Racing With Angels 125-1 (10-12) Mid-division and keen, weakened 5th, 13th of 16, well behind Covert Mission (10-2) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec '08.
Real Dandy 150-1 (10-11) Towards rear, pushed along before 6th, soon struggling, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Ackertac (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 16 ran.
The Boss (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 4th of 10, 23l behind Court In Motion (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) sft.
The Old Pretender (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 3 out, 20th of 24, well behind Made In Japan (10-1) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Apr '09.
Vin De Roy (FR) 100-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, 6th and in touch after 8th, no impression from 3 out until stayed on from last, 5th of 10, 13l behind Old Wigmore (10-7) at Hereford 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gs.
Youralltalk (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Led, hard ridden after 3 out, strongly challenged next, headed flat, no extra, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Alpine Breeze (10-12) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Boosha 100-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, lost place 4th, mistake next, no impression after, 8th of 15, 28l behind Court By Surprise (10-12) at Hereford 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.