Sunday City looks high enough in the weights on his return to action while there hasn't been much encouragement in The Snail's recent efforts. Noble Crusader didn't stay the longer trip when pulled up at Newbury last month, however, and Silmi plainly needed the run when suffering the same fate at Aintree 12 days ago. Moulin De La Croix is often thereabouts and makes more appeal than Prince Des Marais, well beaten off his new mark at Stratford, but we prefer TYUP POMPEY. Ann Price's 10-year-old could run around here blindfold and will take some stopping if in the same mood as when scoring by six lengths over C&D earlier this month.
Sunday City (JPN) 6-4fav (11-5) Led until 3 out, soon under pressure, left in lead at last, headed and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Moon Over Miami (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
Silmi 33-1 (10-3) Hampered 2nd, behind after until pulled up before 13th, in a race won by Prince De Beauchene (10-5) at Aintree 3m 1f lstd hcp chs (1) gd, 15 ran.
Noble Crusader (USA) 16-1 (11-3) Mid-division, ridden and struggling 16th, behind when pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Rey Nacarado (10-1) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-140 (2) gd in Mar, 9 ran.
Prince Des Marais (FR) 5-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 8th, led 10th until next, led approaching 12th where slightly pestered by loose horse, headed approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 8, 36l behind Commemoration Day (10-9) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Moulin de La Croix 12-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd approaching 11th, challenged 3 out, led next, headed last, no extra close home, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Willandrich (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
The Snail 17-2 (10-10) In rear, not fluent and pushed alonng 3rd, reminders after next, lost touch before 10th, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Tyup Pompey (10-0) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Tyup Pompey (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Prominent, not fluent 5th, lost place approaching 10th, blundered 13th, rallied to challenge 4 out, led next, stayed on well and ridden clear flat, won at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd beating Rockiteer (11-0) by 6l, 7 ran.