Strumble Head and Tasheba should pay their way again this summer but both are high enough in the handicap at present. WESTERN KING looks well treated on his handicap debut over fences having scored over hurdles off a mark of 114 a year ago. He's shown promise in a couple of novice events and can open his account today ahead of the luckless Raduis Bleu. Overnight Fame may need confidence rebuilding after blundering away her chance at Wetherby while the ground may be too fast for winning pointer Accordingtopalm.
Strumble Head (IRE) 25-1 (10-1) Held up in touch, mistake 2nd, outpaced by leaders 2 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 14, 21l behind Romanesco (10-5) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Tasheba 50-1 (11-11) Mid-division, slightly hampered 12th, went 5th 14th, soon outpaced, 6th of 14, 23l behind Armenian Boy (11-7) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Western King (IRE) 2-1 (10-7) Led, not fluent 12th, hit next, joined and pecked 5 out, headed next, not fluent 3 out, ridden and hung left before 2 out, well held before last, 2nd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Oscargo (10-12) at Chepstow 3m nov chs (3) gd in Apr.
Accordingtopalm (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) In rear, struggling 11th, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Pateese (10-12) at Ffos Las 3m nov chs (4) sft in Apr, 6 ran.
Raduis Bleu (FR) 12-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, challenged 5 out, led before 4 out, headed last, kept on, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Sir Mattie (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Overnight Fame (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Led, blundered badly and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Kykate (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f Mares Handicap Chase (0-120) (5yo+) (4) gs in Apr, 6 ran.
Crannaghmore Boy (IRE) 4-1 (10-3) Towards rear, mistake 9th, mistake 11th, weakened next, tailed off and pulled before 4 out, in a race won by Sir Mattie (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Apr, 8 ran.