Fayette County and Milan Bound both won bumpers in Ireland last season. The latter looks the better long-term prospect but another bumper winner, SIMARTHUR, looked a sure-fire future winner over hurdles when running Billfromthebar to a nose over 3m at Hexham. A couple of previous winners were behind that day so the form looks solid. Tiny Dancer was third at Hexham in May and Blakemount has won a point-to-point but the remainder are likely to struggle again.
Blakemount (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Ld, jnd 6out, hdd 5out, cl 3rd appr last, qcknd well to ld run-in, won at Stradbally 3m ire ptp in Apr beating Not Another Monday (12-0) by 1/2l, 17 ran.
Fayette County 20-1 (11-7) Made all, soon 5 lengths clear but reduced advantage before halfway, ridden 1f out and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Down Royal 2m N H flat hvy in Mar beating Lots Of Memories (11-11) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Fiddler Onthe Hoof (IRE) 11-1 (10-9) Bumped start, held up, headway 8f out, ridden over 3f out, soon beaten, 5th of 7, 19l behind Royal Regatta (11-2) at Haydock 2m nhf (5) gs in Mar.
Milan Bound (IRE) 6-4fav (11-13) Prominent in chasing group, closer order in 3rd from 5f out, led on inner into straight, strongly pressed 1f out and soon briefly joined, stayed on best to assert closing stages, won at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft in Feb beating Now I Win Again (11-3) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.
Omid 40-1 (10-12) Held up behind in touch, struggling 4th, soon lost touch, 7th of 9, 36l behind Saint Thomas (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf.
Rayadour (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, weakened after 4 out, last of 13, well behind Three Kingdoms (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Runswick Days (IRE) 80-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, lost place over 1f out, 10th of 12, 19l behind Mont Royale (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH flat (5) gd.
Simarthur 15-8 (10-12) Chased leaders, outpaced 3 out, rallied after next, led after last, soon challenged, headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 4, ns behind Billfromthebar (11-5) at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Tiny Dancer (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway before 5th to track leaders, pushed along before 2 out, went 3rd last, one pace, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Damascus Steel (10-12) at Hexham 2m nov hdl (4) gd in May.