Tuscan Gold finally looked as though he'd broken his duck at Worcester 12 days ago only to be demoted on appeal. He is likely to be thereabouts again here, however, while Dalavar was second at Wincanton last month but may prefer softer ground. Minella For Party is possibly a few pounds too high, though does have scope for improvement and could bustle up GREY MISSILE. The latter was tried over fences but didn't really take to the larger obstacles but had some decent form over timber earlier and may be the one to beat here ahead of the more exposed Invicta Lake.
Tuscan Gold 10-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7th, jumped left 2 out and last, ridden, edged left and hampered rival flat, stayed on, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr beating Jacks Grey (10-10) by 3l, 9 ran.
Minella For Party (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Held up in last pair, good headway on inside 5th, went 3rd after 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, no extra when dropped to 3rd last, 4th of 8, 12l behind Seventh Sky (11-8) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
Dalavar (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Led, headed after 3 out, soon rallied and every chance, no extra flat, 2nd of 10, 9l behind Mystic Appeal (10-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Apr.
Invicta Lake (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, pushed along and lost place before 7th, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 36l behind Occasionally Yours (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Apr.
Tony Dinozzo (FR) 14-1 (10-6) Held up in touch, outpaced after 4 out, weakened from next, 5th of 8, 21l behind Sweet World (10-3) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in May '12.
Grey Missile 11-1 (10-11) Prominent, ridden after 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, no chance with winner, dropped to 3rd flat, 3rd of 15, 16l behind Royal Guardsman (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr.
Faha (IRE) 25-1 (11-6) Led, blundered 3rd, headed 3 out, weakened before 2 out, last of 7, 35l behind Union Saint (11-6) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Apr.
Am I Blue 11-1 (9-11) Disputed lead, lost place 4 out, soon weakened and behind, 7th of 9, 36l behind Pension Plan (11-3) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Catch The Fire 18-1 (10-10) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, pushed along and lost place from 5th, well beaten 8th, tailed off, 7th of 13, well behind Master Of The Sea (10-7) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Troubletimestwo (FR) 14-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, lost place after 3rd, well beaten before omitted 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Upton Wood (11-6) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr, 18 ran.
Exit To Freedom 80-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, challenged before 7th, led after 4 out, headed before next, no extra 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 14, 44l behind Silver Eagle (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.