Bean In Trouble is bred to flourish as a staying chaser (his dam is a half-sister to Welsh Grand National winner Dream Alliance) so it was encouraging that he showed enough pace to win a bumper at Huntingdon on debut.
He has since joined Jonjo O’Neill from Alastair Ralph and he is of obvious interest on his hurdles debut, with the step up in trip expected to play to his strengths. Certainly Red sets the standard of those with experience over hurdles.
Lisp was useful over hurdles and made a pleasing reappearance when fourth at Ascot last month. He looks set to be at least as good over fences and made an encouraging start when third in a strong event at Warwick. He is entitled to come on for that experience and has been found an excellent opportunity to get off the mark.
Longhousesignora failed to run up to her best over hurdles at Ludlow last month but she may still have needed that outing and is entitled to do better. She looks to have a bigger effort in her locker, while the application of cheekpieces for the first time could have a positive impact.
The good form of the Venetia Williams yard is another positive. Maebh was well beaten on her return here last month. but has untapped potential over staying trips so is respected.
Endlessly improved markedly on the Flat after undergoing wind surgery, striking at Lingfield and Wolverhampton, and he is of obvious interest on his first start over hurdles. He could prove a tough nut to crack if taking well to this discipline.
The Tin Miner won this last year and can follow up off a 6lb higher mark. His form tailed off after registering an impressive eight-length success here but he shaped with promise on his first start for Chris Gordon, finishing runner-up over hurdles in April, and he looks fairly treated on his return to chasing.
The Lion Dancer, another course-and-distance winner, has compiled a good record over fences and is considered the leading danger.
Most of these have plenty to prove but Scrutinise arrives on the back of a solid effort at Market Rasen on his first start for this yard and he will go close if building on that.
He looks well treated on the best of his hurdles form, let alone the useful form he showed on the Flat three years ago, and he looks ready to finally come good.
Anthony Honeyball has a fine record with his newcomers in bumpers so Kilconny Bridge and Windswept Girl hold obvious claims on debut. Preference is for Kilconny Bridge, the mount of Aidan Coleman, as she cost £75,000 and is a half-sister to useful hurdler Benny’s Bridge, so she makes plenty of appeal on paper.
*All odds and entries correct at time of posting.