The four-year-old George Woolf looks to be facing a stiff task under top weight but Bathwick Man beat an in-form rival at Towcester and has only been raised 5lb. Royal Riviera has been knocking on the door while it would be no surprise to see an improved showing from Saltagioo on this better ground. Another Kate comes here off the back of a third at Ffos Las and is a previous C&D winner but so is KAHSABELLE. The latter started favourite at Wincanton last month but was hampered at halfway and never looked likely to reel in the leaders thereafter. She has ground to make up on second Titch Strider here but is now blinkered and, 11lb better off, can turn the tables and land this for Venetia Williams.
George Woolf 16-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway 4th, lost place 6th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 8, 22l behind Absinthe (11-12) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in May.
Bathwick Man 7-1 (11-2) Held up mid-divison, headway before 4 out, every chance 2 out, ridden to lead before last, kept on and driven out, won at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in May beating Paddy The Hare (11-2) by 1l, 12 ran.
Dark Energy 40-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, behind after 9th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Hills Of Aran (11-5) at Ludlow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May, 13 ran.
Royal Riviera 9-2fav (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders before 2 out, went 3rd last, kept on, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Bathwick Man (11-2) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Oh No Not Harry (FR) 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division, pushed along 3 out, never on terms, 7th of 15, 11l behind Roll The Dice (11-4) at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Jan.
Another Kate (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden 3 out, 3rd and beaten when hit last, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Small Fly (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Saltagioo (ITY) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, hit 1st, not fluent 4th, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, 5th of 6, 40l behind Mickmacmagoole (10-10) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Kahsabelle (FR) 5-1fav (11-12) Disputing 2nd chasing clear leader until after 7th, outpaced next, plugged on again approaching last, 5th of 11, 14l behind Pierre Dubh (10-3) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in May.
Party Palace 33-1 (11-2) Led, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 14, 32l behind Flying Award (10-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr '11.
Speedy Directa (GER) 11-2 (11-5) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway 3rd, hampered and unseated rider next, in a race won by Southway Star (10-10) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd, 14 ran.
Titch Strider (IRE) 6-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, smooth headway on inside before 2 out, led on bit approaching last, soon ridden, narrowly headed
Phoenix Eye 33-1 (10-12) In rear, outpaced before 3 out, never dangerous, 10th of 12, 45l behind Jolly Roger (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.