Almond Court kept pulling out more when making all here two weeks ago over fences but whether he'll have the pace to do it again over hurdles off a 7lb higher mark is questionable given his record. Granwood won a lady riders' handicap at Wetherby last month but is now on a career-high mark while Delightfully is also high enough in the weights. Auberge came good here 11 days ago but was rewarded by a 13lb hike while Nicky Nutjob may also be in the handicapper's grip. EASEMENT is beginning to show some improvement for a plunge down the weights and it's a long time since he competed at this lowly level. With Jonathon Bewley again taking 7lb, he gets a tentative vote.
Delightfully (FR) 16-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, stayed on under pressure, never nearer, 5th of 17, 8l behind Ahhdehken (9-7) at Perth 3m am hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Apr.
Granwood 13-2fav (11-0) Prominent, challenged 4 out, led before 3 out, stayed on strongly, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hld 0-95 (5) gd in May beating Minstalad (9-7) by 8l, 17 ran.
Winter Alchemy (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden along before 4 out, outpaced before 3 out, 5th of 14, 28l behind Golden Sparkle (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Feb.
Word of Warning 28-1 (10-5) In rear, struggling after 2nd, never dangerous, 6th of 7, 28l behind Baccalaureate (10-8) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.
Painted Sky 33-1 (11-4) Held up, not fluent 8th, always towards rear, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Unex Picasso (11-4) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in May.
Nicky Nutjob (GER) 9-2 (10-11) Towards rear, headway before 2 out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 13, 16l behind Man Of Leisure (11-9) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Easement 8-1 (10-3) Led until 1st, prominent, ridden before 9th, no extra in 4th from last, 5th of 9, 8l behind Unex Picasso (11-4) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in May.
Auberge (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, went 3rd before 4 out, led before last, soon clear, won at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Corky Dancer (11-4) by 9l, 13 ran.
Life Long (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, ridden 8th, not clear run on bend before 3 out, some headway approaching last, never on terms, 7th of 16, 19l behind Ahead Ahead (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Reckless Romeo (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Never better than mid-division, 11th of 16, 42l behind The Good Guy (11-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Almond Court (IRE) 5-1fav (9-12) Made all, driven after 2 out, forged clear between last 2, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf beating Chernik (10-0) by 18l, 12 ran.
Along Came Rosie 33-1 (10-5) Towards rear, weakened after 2 out, 4th of 7, 21l behind Rattlin (11-7) at Hexham 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Desert Nova (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, ridden in 5th before 2 out, no impression, 5th of 9, 24l behind Beforeall (11-9) at Bangor 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Moon Melody (GER) 14-1 (11-3) Behind, ridden and struggling 6th, tailed off, 7th of 12, 45l behind Borolee (11-7) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.