Timeform analyse the chances of each runner in an interesting novices' hurdle at Haydock on Friday...
Spirit of Shankly Useful in bumpers and off mark at fourth time of asking over hurdles in Market Rasen (17f) novice. Good second to Royal Regatta at Aintree since and sets the standard.
Agesilas Just modest form in bumpers earlier in the year and well held in Wetherby novice hurdle last month.
Classic Move Point winner who made it first time lucky for new yard in bumpers at Sedgefield last month, in control when idling final 1f. Seems sure to have more to offer now jumping.
Rafafie Belied odds of 50/1 to score at second time of asking in bumpers at Stratford in April, responding well. Several subsequent winners in behind that day so has to be respected on hurdles bow up in trip.
Straidnahanna Bought for £60,000 after winning Irish point and caught the eye in a big way behind impressive Oscar Rock on hurdles bow at Wetherby. Has scope for plenty of improvement.
Unknown Legend Point winner who showed little in Tipperary bumper in May and shaped as if amiss on hurdles bow at Wetherby for current yard.
Up The Ante Irish maiden point winner in February and worth a look on hurdles bow for in-form yard.
Urban Hymn Point winner in March and impressive scorer of Huntingdon bumper earlier this month, making all and asserting from early in straight. Bound to have a future in this sphere.
Varom Won newcomers 3-y-o bumper at Pornichet in July 2012. Showed plenty on hurdles bow at Wetherby (2m) earlier this month, sticking to task. Good claims up in trip now.
2. Spirit of Shankly
3. Classic Move
Timeform View: Varom showed plenty on his hurdles bow at Wetherby and might be able to get the better of Spirit of Shankly and Sedgefield bumper winner Classic Move now.