It was disappointing to see PROUD TIMES turned over by Houston Dynamo at Carlisle earlier this month but that may turn out to have been a decent novice hurdle and Alan Swinbank's charge should strip fitter here. In receipt of 5lb, he can get the better of Aintree winner Smokey Oakey though bumper winners Lucky Landing and No Planning have to be of interest on their introduction to hurdles while Porgy, Tamanaco, Tindaro and Zaplamation are among a host of Flat winners facing the starter. The latter has already finished second over C&D this month.
Smokey Oakey (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, not much room 1st, mistake 5th, went 2nd going well after 3 out, led next, clear approaching last, ran on well, won at Aintree 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gd in Jun beating Teals Star (10-11) by 11l, 8 ran.
Blaney Bouncer (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Led, blundered 4 out, son headed, weakened from next, 10th of 14, well behind Simply Ned (11-0) at Kelso 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
Landesherr (GER) 7-2fav (9-6) Dwelt, took keen hold, soon tracked winner, ridden 2f out, weakened 1f out, 9th of 11, 7l behind Kingaroo (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar (flat).
Lucky Landing (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Led to 3rd, with leader until ridden and weakened before 2 out, 8th of 11, 50l behind Whoops A Daisy (11-0) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb.
Middlebrook (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Towards rear and keen, pushed along after 4th, weakened from 4 out, 8th of 11, well behind Layla's Dancer (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Milans Well (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Mid div when brd 1st, in a race won by Business Time (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in May, 18 ran.
My Idea 66-1 (10-4) Held up mid-division, weakened after 3 out, 10th of 14, 34l behind Boruler (10-11) at Kelso 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
No Planning 2-5fav (10-12) Led or disputed lead, clear leader 3f out, ridden and hard pressed over 1f out, stayed on under pressure, in command inside final furlong, won at Hexham 2m NH flat (6) gf in May beating Darnborough (10-9) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Porgy 5-2fav (9-11) Held up last, headway on wide outside and head high over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd closing stages, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Raucous Behaviour (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f clm stks (6) pol in Sep (flat).
Proud Times (USA) 2-1fav (10-5) Tracked leaders, chased winner from 5 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Houston Dynimo (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Quaestor (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, fell 1st, in a race won by Jawaab (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep, 12 ran.
Tamanaco (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway before 4 out, chased leaders next, stayed on well, never able to challenge, 3rd of 14, 18l behind Realt Mor (10-13) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Tindaro (FR) 28-1 (9-10) Hampered start, held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, never on terms with leaders, stayed on same pace final furlong, 6th of 13, 6l behind Mutajare (8-12) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep (flat).
Zaplamation (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Held up behind and keen, headway on inner after 4 out, ridden before last, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind King Zeal (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
Silvers Spirit 100-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, well behind Benefique (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.