Prince Tom sprang a surprise in a decent contest at Newton Abbot last month and can't be ignored. Ballybough Gorta was only third that day but is also respected having won on fast ground at Cartmel subsequently while Foundry Square should be happier back over fences. Lost Glory has lost his way but is tumbling down the weights and could bounce back at any time. Prosperity Square and A DECENT EXCUSE have both travelled over from Ireland and have decent claims. The latter looks the better treated and is probably the one to beat if reproducing his run at Galway at the start of the month.
Prince Tom 33-1 (11-12) Held up in mid-division on inside, headway 14th, chased leading trio 16th, 3rd after 4 out, 2nd 2 out, 1 length down last, stayed on to lead run-in, won at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jul beating Johnny's Way (10-8) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
Foundry Square (IRE) 9-2 (11-8) Tracked leaders, ridden after 4 out, kept on same pace, weakened last, 4th of 8, 23l behind Sheriff Hutton (11-10) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gf in Jul.
Ballybough Gorta (IRE) 15-8fav (11-4) Chased leader, pushed along before 13th, led approaching 4 out, driven after last, stayed on well, won at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Jul beating Stagecoach Pearl (11-10) by 6l, 7 ran.
Lost Glory (NZ) 25-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway 5th, reminder after 12th, weakened 16th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by The Romford Pele (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jun, 17 ran.
Prosperity Square (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Prominent, took keen hold early, not fluent 5 out, 2nd before straight, no impression when not fluent last, no extra and one pace run-in,, 4th of 16, 14l behind Blossom Gate (11-5) at Galway 3m hcp hdl 8Evens23.
A Decent Excuse (IRE) 3-1fav (10-12) Chased leaders, mistake 5th, close 2nd halfway, disputed after 6 out, ridden in 2nd after 3 out, no impression in 3rd before 2 out, kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind On The Way Out (11-5) at Tramore 2m 7f hcp chs 0-123 gd.