Many of these will be warming up for bigger races at the track later this summer but this is still a competitive affair in which several have decent claims. Micheal Flips easily beat Fiendish Flame at Ludlow before finishing second at Perth and the runner-up franked the form of that victory at the same course 12 days ago. Ostland and The Disengager are at their best at this time of year while Bocciani won at Ayr three weeks ago, though has been raised 8lb since. The once-smart Finger Onthe Pulse is still capable of the odd good run while Oscar Hill has proved consistent and Joker Choker would be a blot of the handicap if able to recapture his best form and has more scope than Stratford scorer Gentleman Anshan. Midnight Sail can't be ignored but the mare ANEYEFORANEYE looks to be on a steep upward curve and looks capable of taking a further rise in the weights in her stride.
Micheal Flips (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before last, kept on to take 2nd place towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Quincy Des Pictons (10-12) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) gs in Apr.
Pepite Rose (FR) 4-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 3rd, led 5 out, headed before 2 out, lost 2nd after last, no extra, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Conquisto (10-10) at Ayr 2m lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Apr.
Ostland (GER) 4-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, ridden before 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 41l behind Masterful Act (11-0) at Southwell 2m n h flat (4) std in Mar.
Fistral Beach (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, blundered 6th and 12th (canal turn), headway on inside 3 out, mistake next, soon ridden and weakened, 12th of 29, 31l behind Triolo D'Alene (10-7) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Apr.
Fiendish Flame (IRE) 15-8fav (11-12) Mostly jumped well, raced keenly, led and soon well clear, hit 4 out, reduced lead last, ridden and stayed on gamely to go clear again flat, unchallenged, won at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr beating Buck Mulligan (11-8) by 6l, 6 ran.
The Disengager (IRE) 40-1 (10-4) Chased leader, mistake 3rd, hit 9th, lost 2nd 4 out, chased leaders until blundered and weakened next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Al Ferof (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) sft in Nov, 18 ran.
Bocciani (GER) 6-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, led 3 out, ran on well, won at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Apr beating Mr Moonshine (10-5) by 5l, 8 ran.
Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) 50-1 (10-4) Behind, some headway 4 out, weakened after next, behind when blundered last, 11th of 22, well behind Carrickboy (10-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Aneyeforaneye (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Held up, mistake 1st, left 3rd 10th, not fluent next, close up behind front pair when left 2nd and hampered last, led flat, stayed on well, won at Perth 2m 4f Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (3) gs in Apr beating Chartreux (11-5) by 8l, 5 ran.
Midnight Sail 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leader, lost place 2 out, soon ridden, weakened before last, 5th of 8, 23l behind See U Bob (11-1) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Apr.
Oscar Hill (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, headway to lead approaching 3rd (water), went right and pecked 9th, headed 4 out, led again next, went right 2 out, soon ridden, headed last, stayed on same pace run-in, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Silver Roque (11-12) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Gentleman Anshan (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, in 4th and outpaced after 2 out, headedway before last, ridden soon after, kept on to lead near finish, won at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr beating Temple Lord (11-5) by ns, 6 ran.
L'Eldorado (FR) 8-1 (11-10) Soon tracked leaders, weakened from
Joker Choker (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, pushed along 3 out, headway before 2 out, ridden before last, one pace, 4th of 11, 15l behind Turn Over Sivola (11-1) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.