Cool Roxy has been a standing dish around here for many a season but his advancing years have been catching up with him lately and the old boy is likely to find a few of these rivals too good. Pilgrims Lane won over 3m2f at Ludlow 10 days ago and is one for the short-list, while Knight Legend has tumbled down the ratings but only won a seller over hurdles here last month. Moon Over Miami looks to be on the downgrade and Oscar Royal was well beaten at Bangor last month, though should strip fitter here. SARAHS GIFT looks the one to beat, however, having won easily over C&D last time. He loves the fast ground and is still on a decent mark.
Moon Over Miami (GER) 6-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, ridden after 8th, hit 3 out, one pace, 4th of 7, 9l behind Alderley Rover (11-12) at Aintree 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Pilgrims Lane (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 5th, lost place 10th, not fluent next, headway 16th, challenged 4 out, led and hard pressed 2 out, joined last, in command towards finish, won at Ludlow 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd beating Marleybow (10-8) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Nothingbutthetruth (IRE) 11-4fav (11-0) Held up in rear, blundered 5th, hit 10th, well beaten when mistake 3 out, 7th of 8, 31l behind Tempsford (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Jun.
Oscar Royal (IRE) 4-1 (10-8) Led until 2nd, led after 5th, ridden and headed after 3 out, soon beaten, lost 2nd last, 4th of 5, 44l behind Chicago Alley (9-13) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Sarahs Gift (IRE) 11-10fav (11-5) Prominent, ridden 3out, led next, driven out flat, won at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf in Apr beating Isle Of Inishmore (11-6) by 5l, 4 ran.
Cool Roxy 5-2 (11-0) Led 2 til hdd aft 2 out; one pce, 2nd of 5, 2l behind King Du Berlais (11-0) at Marks Tey 3m ptp fm in Apr.
Knight Legend (IRE) 11-10fav (10-6) Made all, hard ridden 2 out, held on gamely flat, won at Fakenham 2m 4f sell hdl (5) gf in Apr beating Bedizen (10-12) by hd, 3 ran.