BRIGHT ABBEY is heading in the right direction after a slow start and was a very easy winner at Stratford eight days ago. He looks a lot more straightforward than Southwell winner Cool Macavity, though the latter was taking on decent novices at Aintree last time. Renegotiate has won twice on the Flat but makes his hurdling debut today and may need this having been off the track since January while Nefyn Bay will do better when tackling handicaps.
Bright Abbey 4-5fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 4th, led before last, soon clear, eased towards finish, won at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf beating Odin (11-5) by 8l, 9 ran.
Cool Macavity (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders on inside, effort 3 out to next, no impression in clear 3rd between last 2, 3rd of 5, 26l behind Life And Soul (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd in May.
Gavi 28-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place over 3f out, soon well beaten, last of 12, well behind Zarosa (7-9) at Nottingham 2m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct (flat).
Persian Fox (IRE) 18-1 (12-0) Led 3 til hdd & wknd app 14; to & pu aft 2 out, in a race won by Pathian Prince (12-3) at Llangeinor 3m ptp gd in Apr, 7 ran.
Nefyn Bay 33-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway 6th, pushed along and lost place before 3 out, well held when not fluent last, 6th of 8, 11l behind Roc De Prince (10-11) at Aintree 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gs.
Renegotiate 7-2 (8-6) Dwelt, in touch, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 2l behind Mica Mika (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jan (flat).
American Kiss (SWE) 100-1 (10-9) Prominent, jumped left 3rd, weakened after 5th, 10th of 11, well behind Fairyinthewind (10-9) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.