On Tour won by five lengths over course and distance on his debut under Rules but faces several with plenty of potential in this and has a penalty to carry now. Letterofthelaw, Monbeg Theatre and Monart Diamond have all shown ability between the flags - the latter winning at Taylorstown in May - but it's difficult to get away from SIGN OF A VICTORY today. He was fourth in an Aintree bumper in May won by Regal Diamond, who was just touched off on his hurdling debut at Chepstow recently. The second and third in that Aintree race won next time so the form looks rock-solid. When Ben When can do better than at Bangor in April but newcomer Bellucia may be a better long-term prospect.
On Tour (IRE) 2-1fav (11-2) Took keen hold tracking leaders, smooth headway to 2nd over 3f out, led entering final 2f, pushed clear final furlong, easily, won at Ludlow 2m nhf (5) gd in Oct beating Flying Eagle (11-2) by 5l, 8 ran.
Back By Midnight 66-1 (10-9) Took keen hold in mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, soon weakened, 10th of 15, 27l behind Oscarteea (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Castanum (IRE) Kris Kin gelding out of Persian Argument.
Dorton Lad (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Pulled hard, held up, headway to lead 14f out, ran green over path crossing and headed 12f out, weakened and hung left 5f out, veered left and unseated rider 4f out, in a race won by Wadswick Court (10-11) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Oct, 10 ran.
Letterofthelaw (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of Darrens Lass.
Monart Diamond 10-1 (10-11) Ww rr, prog 1/2 way, ld 4out, 2l ld & travelling best when left clr last, won at Taylorstown 3m ire ptp sft in May, 10 ran.
Monbeg Theatre (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Rr, b mstk 1st, sl prog in 7th by 5th, cl 5th & mstk 3out, 2nd 2out & sn no ex, 3rd last, row late, 2nd of 10, 10l behind Racing Pulse (11-7) at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp gd in May.
Retroson (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Held up in last pair, pushed along and weakened 3f out, 6th of 8, 39l behind On Tour (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nhf (5) gd in Oct.
Sign Of A Victory (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 6f out, chased winner 3f out, no impression inside final furlong, lost 2 places inside final 100 yards, 4th of 10, 7l behind Regal Diamond (11-9) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (4) gd in May.
When Ben When (IRE) 9-2 (10-6) Held up in rear, pushed along 7f out, effort 4f out, no impression, well beaten final 2f, 6th of 9, 37l behind Diamond King (11-11) at Bangor 2m 1f cond NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Bellucia Kayf Tara filly out of L'ultima.
Sonic Weld Zafeen filly out of Jamadast Roma.