Bringewood Belle fell when odds-on to complete her hat-trick at Market Rasen but was in front at the time so can't be ignored. It looks like Double Chocolate is on the downgrade, however, while Princely Hero is difficult to catch on a going day. A similar comment could be applied to Petit Ecuyer but he was on his best behaviour at Ffos Las last time while Classic Case was only headed close home in a conditionals' race at Towcester. BALLYCASSEL was having only his third start over fences when fourth to Ballytober at Worcester. He only gave best approaching the last and, dropped a couple of pounds since, must have a decent chance here against exposed rivals.
Classic Case (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, challenged 4 out, led 3 out, clear before 2 out, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 9, nk behind Lough Coi (11-7) at Towcester 3m cond hcp chs (5) gs.
Ballycassel (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 12th until appraoching 3 out, soon ridden, weakened into 4th before last, 4th of 10, 11l behind Ballytober (11-11) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf.
Very Stylish (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Held up, headway on inside to chase leaders 5th, pushed along before 4 out, weakening when blundered next, 6th of 11, 44l behind Doubletoilntrouble (11-0) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Taffy Thomas 2-1fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, not fluent 7th or 8th, every chance 3 out, one pace after next, 4th of 7, 18l behind Roc De Guye (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Material Boy 10-1 (11-8) Chased winner, led 2nd until 4th, chased winner until ridden bypassing omitted 4 out, weakened before 2 out, in a race won by Tom Bach (10-4) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Apr, 7 ran.
Petit Ecuyer (FR) 10-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, mistake 13th, effort after 4 out, soon challenged, led narrowly approaching 2 out, driven and pressed flat, always doing enough, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd beating Simply Charles (11-0) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Silent Cliche (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Made most until 5th, chased leader, hit 8th, led again before 4 out until 3 out, chased winner until 2 out, no extra in 4th between last 2, hit last, 4th of 9, 7l behind Earcomesthedream (11-0) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Princely Hero (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Led into start, in rear, ridden and behind 7th, pulled up after 13th, in a race won by Cypress Grove (10-0) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd, 11 ran.
Double Chocolate 4-1 (11-4) Led until after 1st, led 5th, headed after 13th, hampered 15th, weakened next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Cypress Grove (10-0) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd, 11 ran.
Bringewood Belle 4-5fav (11-4) Led 2nd until 5th, led after 7th, fell 11th, in a race won by Presenting Junior (11-5) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd, 5 ran.
Kilcascan 16-1 (10-2) Prominent until before 3rd, chased leaders, lost place 6th, effort approaching 5 out, soon no impression, weakened after, tailed off, 4th of 11, well behind Bringewood Belle (9-7) at Chepstow 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Ballycracken (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Prominent until ridden 10th, outpaced 12th, plugged on from 3 out, went 3rd last, no impression, 3rd of 9, 11l behind River Purple (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.