HINTON INDIANA only came out best in a bunch finish at Cartmel last month but looks to be improving and clearly has plenty of stamina. Dan Skelton's charge can defy a 5lb higher mark and get the better of Market Option, disappointing at Towcester after winning at Uttoxeter. Huntingdon hurdles winner Ilewin For Hannah was tailed off on his only previous try over fences while The Kings Assassin faces larger obstacles for the first time, though can race off his hurdles mark. Queen's Bay still has much to prove over fences.
Queens Bay 14-1 (11-4) Held up behind, headway before 9th to chase leaders, outpaced 5 out, hampered 4 out, soon left 3rd, kept on, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Oscarslad (10-11) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Market Option (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) Tracked leader, mistake 2nd, pushed along before and mistake 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, well behind Favoured Nation (11-12) at Towcester 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in May.
The Kings Assassin (IRE) 3-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, led before last, soon headed, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Bawden Rocks (11-7) at Stratford 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May.
Ilewin For Hannah 16-1 (10-10) Held up, took keen hold, not fluent 4th, headway after 7th, not fluent 9th, hit 3 out, led when not fluent last, edged right and driven clear flat, won at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in May beating George Fernbeck (11-12) by 4l, 6 ran.
Hinton Indiana 15-8fav (11-0) Pressed leader, hard driven to challenge after last, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead narrowly near finish, won at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in May beating Miss Sunflower (9-9) by hd, 9 ran.
Zigzaga (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Took keen hold, in rear, went right 7th, blundered 10th, pushed along after 12th, tailed off 14th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Flugzeug (9-11) at Plumpton 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Apr, 8 ran.