The 11-year-old Teerie Express has won three times over fences and belatedly got off the mark over hurdles in a modest heat at Hexham in May. He may be vulnerable here, however. It took Ryton Runner eight attempts to open his account, at Perth last month, but he stays well for a four-year-old while it will be interesting to see how former Irish pointer Streams Of Whiskey gets on over timber. JUMBO SUPREME won between the flags in March and Donald McCain has left him in this in preference to two previous winners. The gelding can make a winning start under Rules with Across The Tweed having shown little so far and Milano Magic likely to need more time.
Teerie Express 8-1 (10-6) Held up mid-division, led before 9th, ridden before last, kept on well towards finish, won at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in May beating Papamoa (11-2) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Ryton Runner (IRE) 5-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, headway to lead approaching 2 out, driven clear last, ridden out flat, won at Perth 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep beating Royal Scoundrel (11-4) by 12l, 7 ran.
Across The Tweed (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) In touch main group, lost place 7th, behind from next, tailed off 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Maggio (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f hdl (4) gs, 9 ran.
Jumbo Supreme (IRE) 7-4 (12-0) Tr ldr in 2nd, ld app str, strgly press when fell last, in a race won by Kilganey Jack (12-0) at Kilmallock 3m ire ptp gs in Apr, 11 ran.
Milano Magic (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, no extra from 2 out, 8th of 24, 47l behind Whatever Jacksays (10-2) at Punchestown 3m Handicap Hurdle (95-130) (4yo+) hvy in Apr.
Streams Of Whiskey (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Mid-division, no impression from 4f out, 8th of 15, well behind Minella For Value (11-9) at Cork 2m 4f NH flat gd in Apr.
Vuvuzela 16-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway 4 out, weakened after next, 7th of 11, 42l behind Hi George (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd.