Ballylifen failed to cope with a 7lb rise for an earlier win at Uttoxeter when only third on his latest start. Keltic Rhythm has also come up short in a couple of subsequent starts since scoring at Fontwell in March. Fair Bramble didn't get far before falling over these fences last month and is 8lb higher than his Towcester success while Quel Bruere is raised in class after a second at Worcester. PICAROON hasn't won for some time now but still gets a tentative vote as he went very close at Exeter off today's mark before being outclassed behind Karinga Dancer in better company last time.
Garleton (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Led until after 2nd, chased winner, not fluent 4th, pushed along after 8th, lost place before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 5, 45l behind Zaru (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Fiddlers Bid 7-4 (10-9) Led until not fluent 5th, jumped right next, ridden after 3 out, 3rd and beaten from 2 out, no extra, 3rd of 5, 14l behind Hannibal The Great (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f 4yo nov stks (4) gd in Dec.
Ballylifen (IRE) 15-8fav (11-2) In rear and in touch, headway before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Arkose (11-1) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Book'em Danno (IRE) 11-8fav (11-11) Prominent, ridden after 8th, one pace and beaten 2 out (normal 3 out), weakened, 4th of 7, 36l behind Tayarat (9-9) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Keltic Rhythm (IRE) 5-2fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 12th, led next, hampered on inside after 4 out, led 3 out, headed last, switched right flat, no extra and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Friendly Society (10-8) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Picaroon 12-1 (9-8) Led, clear 2nd until 5th, mistake 7th, headed before 4 out, no extra next, 5th of 7, 27l behind Karinga Dancer (11-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd.
Fair Bramble 5-2fav (11-3) Tracked leaders when fell 3rd, in a race won by Wessex King (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 4f cond hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr, 5 ran.
Quel Bruere (FR) 6-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, with leader after 5 out, led 4 out, ridden and headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Chilbury Hill (10-3) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.