Roman Flight finished third in last year's renewal. But he's 16lb higher this time around having been raised further in the weights for a recent defeat of PURPLE BAY at Stratford. The latter represents last year's winning yard and is taken to turn the tables re-opposing on better terms. Stablemate and Newton Abbot winner Honour System is upped in class while other recent winners Max Ward and Laudatory have both been raised 10lb. Slim Pickens and Rolling Maul step up from winning novice events and have more scope than the likes of Castlemorris King, Uriah Heep, Pure Style and Stephen Hero, who all bid for hat-tricks after landing lower grade contests. Montbazon takes a drop in class and could go well from the top of the weights.
Montbazon (FR) 17-2 (11-12) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside 4th, lost place 6th, plugged on flat, no chance with leaders, 4th of 13, 22l behind Ballyglasheen (10-10) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in May.
Laudatory 4-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3rd until not fluent 5th, led approaching 2 out, clear flat, ran on, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Jun beating Aalim (11-3) by 4l, 7 ran.
Purple Bay (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Held up, headway approaching 3 out, led before last, soon headed, led again briefly until hurdle, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Roman Flight (11-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Roman Flight (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway 2 out, led last, ran on well, won at Stratford 2m hcp hdl (2) gd in May beating Purple Bay (11-12) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Max Ward (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Held up, pushed along and last before 3 out, headway before last, switched left and quickened up well flat, led final 100 yards, won going away, won at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun beating Minella Reception (11-0) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Castlemorris King 5-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, led 3 out, not fluent 2 out, ridden out, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in May beating Ainsi Fideles (11-5) by 2l, 9 ran.
Rolling Maul (IRE) 11-8 (11-2) Led, not fluent 5th, ridden when not fluent 2 out, headed approaching last, no impression on winner flat, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 12, 10l behind Sweet Deal (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Slim Pickens (IRE) 2-5fav (11-5) Made all, jumped right 1st, not fluent 4th, clear flat, eased towards finish, won at Worcester 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Jun beating Degooch (11-5) by 6l, 4 ran.
Discovery Bay 5-1 (11-10) Held up mid-division, headway before 4 out, led before 2 out, clear before last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Kudu Country (11-4) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Mar.
Hawkhill (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Pressed leader, led briefly after 5th, reminders after 6th, lost 2nd soon after 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 6th of 7, 47l behind Phantom Prince (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Uriah Heep (FR) 2-1fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, effort between last 2, led and ridden approaching last, ran on well, won at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd beating Broughtons Warrior (10-13) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Honour System (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Held up tracking leaders, left in close 4th 3 out, led approaching 2 out, came readily clear before last, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun beating Winning Spark (10-9) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Pure Style (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Took keen hold, led, headed 3rd, led again before 3 out, driven clear towards finish, won at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf beating Dormouse (11-6) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Stephen Hero (IRE) 15-8 (11-2) Made all, ridden before 2 out, soon hard pressed, held on well under pressure flat (all flights in back straight omitted), won at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun beating Song Light (10-9) by 1l, 10 ran.
Springinherstep (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway approaching 2 out, led before last, soon headed, not fluent at hurdle, no extra flat, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Roman Flight (11-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Oliver's Gold 15-2 (10-10) Held up towards rear, outpaced after 4 out, headway before 2 out, led before last, kept on, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun beating Ittirad (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.