Gemix took the scalp of World Hurdle winner Solwhit in a Grade 1 at Auteuil in June and has to be respected. But all of his form is on soft or heavy ground and he may find today's ground too lively. Salubrious and More Of That step out of handicap company but the latter is open to plenty of further improvement after only three career starts and looks a tough customer. GLENS MELODY has won four of her last five starts, including a Grade 1 at Punchestown in April. She never came off the bridle at the latter track on her reappearance and, though this is a much better race, she must be given a chance to show she is still progressing.
Gemix (FR) (10-3) 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Reve De Sivola (10-7) at Auteuil(FR) 3m hdl G1 gs in Nov.
Glens Melody (IRE) 8-13fav (11-3) Held up in last, improved travelling well on inner into 2nd 2 out, led before last, not fluent at last, pushed out early run-in, easily, won at Punchestown 2m 6f hdl in Nov beating Dushybeag (11-0) by 4l, 4 ran.
More Of That (IRE) 3-1fav (11-2) Mid-division, mistake 4th, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, switched right to challenge approaching last, led flat, ran on strongly, won at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Nov beating Blue Fashion (11-8) by 2l, 12 ran.
Salubrious (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Held up behind, headway on outside 3 out, challenged between last 2, ridden to lead narrowly flat, kept on, headed post, 2nd of 17, shd behind Return Spring (9-13) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Nov.