Wincanton winner Nothing Is Forever failed to cope with a 9lb rise when well beaten here last time. King's Road is up 7lb for winning a lower grade contest at Market Rasen a fortnight ago but that doesn't look much stronger form than Byron Blue's second in a seller at Worcester. MY LORD reverted to hurdling with a good effort at Southwell last time and he's just preferred to Easily Pleased, whose best recent form has come over the larger obstacles.
Planetoid (IRE) 5-4fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3rd, left in lead before next, mistake 6th, clear before 3 out, headed before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Alwaystheoptimist (11-10) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Jackthejourneyman (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, jumped right at times, not fluent 5th, outpaced 2 out, mistake and no extra last, 3rd of 4, 21l behind Slim Pickens (11-5) at Worcester 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Easily Pleased (IRE) 7-4fav (11-11) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway 7th, went 2nd 9th, every chance when not fluent 3 out, stayed on same pace from after next, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Miss Tenacious (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf.
My Lord 9-1 (11-0) Held up behind, tracked leaders approaching 2 out, effort between last 2, one pace last, no impression in
Byron Blue (IRE) 18-1 (10-12) Led, jinked left before 3rd, jumped left 4th and 5th, headed 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Conducting (10-12) at Worcester 2m sll hdl (5) gf.
King's Road 16-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, steady headway travelling well before before 2 out, 3rd 2 out, chased leader before last, quickened to lead last 75 yards, soon clear and won going away, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Golden Future (11-9) by 2l, 12 ran.
Good of Luck 5-2fav (11-9) Led until 7th, ridden and weakened 4 out, soon behind, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Vico (11-12) at Fakenham 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr, 9 ran.
Nothing Is Forever (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Led, clear 2nd until before 4 out, ridden and headed well before 2 out, chased leaders on inside, kept on same pace flat, never going pace of leading duo, 5th of 13, 19l behind Applause For Amy (10-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Gizzit (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Prominent, took keen hold, mistake and stumbled 2nd, weakened before 2 out, 8th of 13, 20l behind El Toreros (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jun.