Herecomesthebride was due to take her chance in a similar contest at Fontwell yesterday and would carry a penalty in this if successful. Never Never is fairly consistent and the better ground and longer trip should suit but the four-year-old has to give 5lb to MY BETTY, who also found 2m too short last time at Southwell. Peter Croke's mare can recoup losses here ahead of Sudski Star, who is much better over fences on an easy surface. Rockmount River was scheduled to run at Stratford yesterday.
Never Never (IRE) 4-6fav (11-4) Led, ridden when mistake and headed 2 out, stayed on flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Vengeur De Guye (10-7) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
My Betty (IRE) 8-13fav (11-3) Raced keenly, led, pushed along before 2 out, ridden between last two, headed before last, one pace run-in, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Sureness (11-9) at Southwell 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd.
Rockmount River (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leader until after 2nd, one pace and no impression from 2 out, went 2nd again last, 2nd of 6, 12l behind Laser Blazer (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jul.
Sudski Star (IRE) 4-1 (11-13) In touch, ridden before 4 out, weakened before last, 5th of 7, 8l behind River Purple (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Herecomesthebride 8-1 (10-10) In touch, mistake 1st, headway to chase leaders 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Bonne Fee (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd.