Fox Run, another unexposed Irish points winner, could complete a quick double for the Nicholls team in the second division of this maiden hurdle, although Presence Felt has a similar profile. Just as interesting, however, is HORATIO HORNBLOWER. He was very highly tried in two starts in bumpers last season but acquitted himself with credit and should be up to landing a hurdle in decent company this winter. Chargen and Lord Grantham have already shown some ability over timber and set the standard but Witness That, third on his debut over regulation fences at Chepstow, may need more time.
Chargen (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden 9th, never on terms, left 4th 2 out, 4th of 10, 23l behind Nataani (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Cinematique (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Mid-division, driven and headway over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 12, 32l behind O Ma Lad (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Aug '11 (flat).
Fox Run (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Cl up, 5th 1/2way & 4th 5out, ld aftr 3out & 4l adv gng best 2out, row, v impressive, won at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp sft in Apr beating Minellahalfcentury (11-7) by 6l, 11 ran.
Glenford Dorie 50-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, lost place 5th, struggling from 8th, tailed off, 6th of 9, 48l behind Rendl Beach (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs.
Horatio Hornblower (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Tracked winner, lost place over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 15th of 20, 27l behind Champagne Fever (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Lord Grantham (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along and outpaced 3 out, ridden next, kept on well from last, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 16, 12l behind Woodbank (10-12) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Presence Felt (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Made all, row from 2out, won at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp gs in Apr beating Rollininthedeep (10-11) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Road Show 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went left soon after start, ridden 5f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 12, 49l behind Troyan (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nhf (5) gd.
The Last Bridge 200-1 (10-12) Mid-division, jumped slow and left 7th, soon weakened, 7th of 10, dis behind Billy Merriott (10-9) at Hereford 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Witness That (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) In rear, blundered and slithered on landing 1st, left poor 3rd 5 out, no chance when went badly right and blundered 2 out, tailed off, 3rd of 5, 46l behind Fingal Bay (11-4) at Chepstow 2m 3f nov chs (3) sft.