David Pipe has acquired the former Grade 1 winning hurdler Punjabi and Tom Scudamore rides the 10-year-old in this, though he's not the force of old and the stable may have better prospects with Shotavodka. The latter is only a couple of pounds higher than when second at Bangor and Kieron Edgar takes off 7lb. Mischievous Milly made a promising comeback in a Listed race at Wetherby while Native Gallery has the past form to figure. Don't Be Late reserves his best for Worcester, however, and Gibb River may need another run or two to put him straight after a lay-off. The Bear Trap doesn't always find a great deal off the bridle but should be in the firing-line, while Citizenship is potentially well treated on his first start for Venetia Williams. Saphir Du Rheu is unexposed, as is Master Of The Game. But so is GASSIN GOLF and the handicapper may have underestimated Richard Lee's four-year-old. Though still a maiden, the bottom weight has run some fine races in novice company and deserves a change of luck.
Gibb River (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Mid-division, pushed along before 2 out, switched left flat, plugged on to modest 5th towards finish, 5th of 12, 11l behind Pine Creek (10-4) at Ascot 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gs.
Shotavodka (IRE) 3-1fav (11-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, chased winner before 5 out, ridden before last, no impression, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Stopped Out (11-10) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft.
Native Gallery (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, went 4th before 2 out, soon ridden, went 3rd briefly before last, no extra run-in, 4th of 8, 7l behind Stopped Out (11-10) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft.
Mischievous Milly (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden and one pace 2 out, stayed on flat, 4th of 9, 9l behind Cockney Sparrow (10-12) at Wetherby 2m mrs lst hdl (1) gs.
Aegean Dawn 7-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, fell 2nd, in a race won by Houblon Des Obeaux (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 5f nov chs Grade 2 (1) gs in Nov '12, 8 ran.
Batonnier (FR) 12-1 (11-5) Held up in last pair, steady headway 3 out, challenged last, led flat, ridden out flat, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Jan '12 beating Broadbackbob (11-12) by 3l, 11 ran.
Notus De La Tour (FR) 16-1 (11-6) Always in rear, 10th of 11, 28l behind Shammick Boy (10-13) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Imperial Leader (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, poor 7th 2 out, never on terms, 7th of 16, well behind Close Touch (11-6) at Sandown 2m 4f (1) hvy in Mar.
Azure Fly (IRE) 13-2 (11-3) Held up towards rear, effort 3 out, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 11l behind Stopped Out (11-10) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft.
Punjabi 28-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Minella Forfitness (10-3) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Apr, 21 ran.
Citizenship 14-1 (10-3) In rear, ridden 3 out, 12th next, no extra, 13th of 20, 31l behind Il Fenomeno (10-6) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl sft in Apr.
Vendor (FR) 15-2 (10-8) Held up in rear, headway when not fluent 3 out, no impression next, 11th of 17, 29l behind Party Rock (10-4) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Saphir Du Rheu (FR) 6-1 (11-7) Held up in touch in mid-division, mistake 3 out, one pace next, disputing 5th and no impression when not fluent last, 5th of 13, 12l behind Hawkhill (11-7) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy.
Don't Be Late (IRE) 6-5fav (10-8) Held up in 6th on outside, effort 3 out, challenged next, ridden flat, stayed on to lead final 50 yards, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Aug beating Hunting Tower (10-13) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Master Of The Game (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Held up, steady headway 5th, pushed along in 3rd before 2 out, soon not pace of leading duo, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Le Reve (11-6) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
The Bear Trap (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) Prominent, led 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, one pace and held flat, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Gores Island (10-12) at Sandown 2m 4f con hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy.
Gassin Golf 5-2 (10-11) Held up in touch, jumped slowly 5th, every chance before 3 out, ridden and not quicken 2 out, went 3rd after last, stayed on, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Gone Too Far (11-0) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs.