Those with form contested the season's opening juvenile hurdle at Hexham when Costa Percy prevailed by a length from City Dreamer in a desperate finish. Much will depend upon their respective levels of improvement from both the run and in hurdling technique as to who comes out on top here, although the Alan King horse should reverse placings on 7lb better terms. Parkwarden and Hot Lick, well behind the aforementioned pair, will need to improve considerably. However, if BOWBAN repeats the level of form achieved in three Flat maidens, he could prove good enough to make a winning debut over timber.
The level of ability BOWBAN showed on the Flat marks him down as a good prospect for early-season juvenile events and he can make a winning start. Hexham 1-2 Costa Percy and City Dreamer are the obvious threats, with the latter taken to reverse those placings in receipt of 7 lb now.