GROVE PRIDE's second to Vintage Star at Carlisle was a very decent first effort over timber. Henry Daly's Double Trigger gelding is open to plenty of improvement and can go one better here though it will be interesting to see how recent bumper winner Sydney Paget gets on now tackling hurdles and Ffos Las third Salomo appears to be improving with experience. Piroulet may need this and Arbor Supreme hasn't raced since falling in the Grand National in April. Now with Jonjo O'Neill, the latter will be back over fences again shortly.
Arbor Supreme (IRE) 20-1 (10-3) Towards rear, struggling 21st (foinavon), no chance when fell 3 out, in a race won by Ballabriggs (11-0) at Aintree 4m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Apr, 40 ran.
Direct Approach (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway approaching 6th, weakened 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Well Refreshed (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Mar, 11 ran.
Grove Pride 7-2 (10-12) Mainly tracked leader, led 5th, joined 2 out, headed briefly last, ridden and headed final strides, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Vintage Star (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Overafrica (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) With leader, pushed along before 4 out, weakened from 3 out, 8th of 18, 31l behind Native Gallery (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Piroulet (FR) 12-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders on inside, mid-division 5th, weakened from next, 11th of 14, well behind Jack The Gent (11-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Preferred Lies (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Prominent, lost place 5f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Make A Track (11-10) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Salomo (GER) 14-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, not fluent 4th, headway after 5th, went 3rd approaching 3 out, not fluent 2 out, weakened last, 3rd of 10, 19l behind Peckhamecho (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Shabby Chic (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, reminders before 5th, weakened from 6th, 16th of 18, well behind Native Gallery (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Sydney Paget (IRE) 11-4fav (11-0) Always travelling well, in touch, led on bit 2f out, shaken up 1f out, ran on comfortable, won at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs beating Rhymers Ha' (10-4) by 8l, 11 ran.
Take Of Shoc's (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Led, headed after 9th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Miss Kalifa (10-5) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft, 13 ran.