A tricky puzzle to solve as Ballyclough probably has the scope to be better than these but has been off the track for a long time. Seedless is a reliable mare who will probably set out to make all while Richard Newland has sent Ahyaknowyerself up from the Cotswolds in a bid to go one better than at Ffos Las, though he has to concede weight all round. PAS TROP TARD is much improved this season, winning at Perth and storming clear over this C&D next time. He can complete the hat-trick with the ground in his favour again. Maybe I Wont and the four-year-old Unex Picasso aren't short of ability but have a bit to find if they are to get involved in this grade.
Ahyaknowyerself (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, led 4th, headed 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Adelar (10-13) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft.
Seedless 3-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, effort 2 out, soon under pressure, stayed on strongly towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Lucky Sunny (10-13) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.
Ballyclough (IRE) 7-4 (11-5) Held up towards rear, blundered 1st, never dangerous, 8th of 14, well behind Magnifique Etoile (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Pas Trop Tard (FR) 2-1fav (11-5) Made all, forged clear from 2 out, unchallenged, very easily, won at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy beating Rain Mac (10-12) by 26l, 8 ran.
Maybe I Wont 5-6fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway approahing 5th, ridden to chase winner before omitted last, stayed on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Itstooearly (10-2) at Cartmel 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Unex Picasso 8-1 (10-9) Held up, headway after 8th, 2 lengths 3rd and ridden when mistake 3 out, no impression from next, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 6, 23l behind U B Carefull (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.