JOHNS SPIRIT is a decent prospect judged on the way he skated up in a bumper at Newton Abbot last month. McCoy is in the saddle again and the four-year-old can make a winning start to his hurdles career at the chief expense of The Big Freeze, who also landed a bumper at the Devon track on his latest outing and will appreciate the longer trip. Fintan and Point West have both shown signs of ability while Peter Bowen will be hoping Pliny can go one better than here and at Uttoxeter recently, though he is a lot more exposed than some.
Fintan 3-1 (11-0) Held up behind and keen, soon mid-division, headway to lead approaching 4 out when fell, in a race won by Taroum (10-11) at Stratford 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gf in Jul, 11 ran.
Harry Masters 100-1 (11-0) Always in rear, tailed off 4 out, pulled up after, in a race won by There And Then (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr, 11 ran.
It's An Eagle (IRE) Heron Island gelding out of Kyle Eile.
Marsh Lane (IRE) 100-1 (10-8) Held up mid-division, weakened over 6f out, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Awaywiththegreys (10-13) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jul.
Master Neo (FR) 12-1 (11-7) in a race won by I'm In Charge (11-7) at Larkhill 2m 4f ptp gd in Mar, 6 ran.
Pliny (IRE) 11-10fav (10-11) Led, not fluent and headed 7th, beaten approaching 3 out, mistake 2 out, 2nd of 8, 31l behind Elsafeer (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks (4) gf in Jul.
Point West (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th, headway 9th, weakened approaching 2 out, 11th of 17, 41l behind Snake Charmer (11-1) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Feb.
The Big Freeze (IRE) 15-8fav (11-0) Tracked leader, led 5f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on, in command final 100 yards, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf beating Don't Look Bach (10-8) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Grey Bobby 28-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, ridden over 4f out, soon weakened, 11th of 18, 50l behind Distime (11-4) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Johns Spirit (IRE) 13-8fav (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway over 7f out, challenged 6f out, led over 4f out, 1 1/2 length ahead when left well clear 2f out, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Aug beating Billy Cuckoo (11-0) by 21l, 11 ran.
Royale Bruere (FR) 150-1 (10-2) Tracked leader until 7th, mistake and weakened 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 7, well behind Spirit Is Needed (11-5) at Hereford 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Tinabianca (FR) 12-1 (10-5) Not always fluent, tracked leading duo, hit 7th, went 2nd briefly 3 out, outpaced soon after, beaten when hit next, tailed off, last of 3, 43l behind Sircozy (11-7) at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Mar.
Jay Jays Lady 14-1 (10-5) Held up, always behind, 10th of 12, 42l behind Amber Cloud (10-12) at Fontwell 1m 6f mares n h flat (6) gf.