Nodform Richard is from an excellent jumping family and his opening success in a Kelso bumper in March must have been a bonus for connections. He receives 7lb from the two hurdles winners and could well be a very useful recruit. Hazy Tom kept his unbeaten record with a battling success on his hurdling debut at Aintree last month. A dual bumper winner, he has plenty of scope and will be very difficult to beat but SEA OF THUNDER may have his measure. Charles Byrnes' charge, twice a winner between the flags, has been making steady progress over hurdles and there was plenty to like about his comfortable success when well backed at Thurles last month.
Hazy Tom (IRE) 4-5fav (11-0) Hampered 1st, tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, soon challenged, led narrowly when not fluent last, ridden and hard pressed flat, just held on, won at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct beating It's A Gimme (11-0) by hd, 8 ran.
Sea Of Thunder (IRE) Evensfav (11-4) Tracked leader, on terms when mistake 4 out, led after 2 out, clear from before last, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Thurles 2m Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) gd in Oct beating Back In A Tic (10-11) by 2 1/2l, 18 ran.
Cool Doctor (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, weakened from 3 out, 10th of 14, well behind Aland Islands (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
King Of Thorns (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, weakened before 4f out, 10th of 12, 40l behind Bahira (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf in Apr.
Lord Kennedy (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Prominent, took keen hold, lost place 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Highland Lodge (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs, 13 ran.
Lough Inch (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Always in rear, weakened 5th, 8th of 11, well behind Cry Of Freedom (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Lowry Maher (IRE) Flying Legend gelding out of Tirol's Luck.
Nodform Richard 4-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, led 2f out, soon ridden and under pressure, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar beating Pyjama Game (11-3) by 2 1/2l, 15 ran.
One For Luck 16-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden 2 out, no impression, 7th of 12, 24l behind Simply Ned (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd.
Raggios Boy 250-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, jumped slow 3rd, tailed off, soon pulled up, in a race won by Rowdy Rocher (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gd, 13 ran.
Sleeping Policeman (FR) 100-1 (11-4) Always in rear, tailed off, 14th of 16, well behind Josh's Dreamway (10-11) at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gd in Apr.
Soul Bid (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Behind, under pressure after 5th, some late headway, never dangerous, 6th of 11, well behind Cloudy Too (10-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Tartan Tiger (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, plugged on from 2 out, never dangerous, 6th of 12, 22l behind Simply Ned (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd.
Victor Lynch (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Prominent, led 7f out, headed over 5f out, one pace over 1f out, 5th of 17, 10l behind Sir Johnson (12-0) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Matilda's Folly (IRE) 100-1 (9-13) Held up mid-division and keen, soon tracked leaders, pushed along and hit 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 39l behind Bunclody (10-6) at Newcastle 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Feb.
Mytara 25-1 (10-9) Mid-division, driven after 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 6th of 14, 16l behind Risaala (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gd in Feb.