Hill Forts Gloria returned to form with a better effort at Newton Abbot when last seen at the track in June. That came on fast ground, however, as did Always Bold's improved run at Uttoxeter last month. Its A Classic reverts to hurdling after failing to complete his last three outings over fences, while Silsula and Drombeg Pride don't look good enough to trouble the judges. That should leave the way clear for AZULADA BAY to follow up his recent convincing win over track and trip despite a 9lb rise.
Azulada Bay (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd before 4 out, challenged and hit 3 out, led on bit soon after, clear before next, eased close home, won at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy beating Hobb's Dream (11-1) by 34l, 6 ran.
Always Bold (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, pushed along after 6th, outpaced before 3 out, no impression after, 6th of 16, 13l behind Lucky Lukey (10-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Oct.
Its A Classic 16-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, in 6th and held when refused last, in a race won by Horsham Lad (10-9) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct, 15 ran.
Hill Forts Gloria (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway after 3 out, went 3rd approaching 2 out, stayed on flat, not reach front pair, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Kings Equity (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf in Jun.
Silsula 25-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, pushed along and lost place 5th, tailed off before 4 out, 11th of 17, 46l behind Kateal (11-12) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy.
Drombeg Pride (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) In touch in rear, headway to chase winner 3 out, hit 2 out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 21l behind Free To Air (10-2) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Apr.