Minella Bliss was well backed over course and distance nine days ago but soon struggling. He did, however, finish eight lengths ahead of Minella Ranger and should confirm the form. Diamond Eclipse has had plenty of chances while Jayandbee showed little over fences last season but Solitary Palm has already won here this year and may have needed his latest run. NO WOMAN NO CRY is back over fences on a lower mark than when placed twice here over hurdles recently - he gets a tentative vote.
Jayandbee (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Mid-division on inside, struggling 12th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Addiction (11-1) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr, 17 ran.
Minella Ranger (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Held up in 5th, outpaced 4 out, soon beaten, never near leaders, 4th of 6, 24l behind Health Is Wealth (11-5) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gf.
Minella Bliss (IRE) 2-1fav (11-2) Not fluent early, held up in rear, some headway 14th, outpaced 4 out, went moderate 3rd 3 out, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Health Is Wealth (11-5) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gf.
Diamond Eclipse (IRE) 4-1fav (11-0) Held up in rear, hit 4th, not fluent 6th or 7th, ridden after 10th, blundered badly 3 out, some late progress, never on terms, 5th of 11, 27l behind Rudigreen (11-7) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gf.
No Woman No Cry 4-1 (11-3) Mid-division, chased leaders 3 out, stayed on to dispute 2nd next, no impression with winner, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Sugar Hiccup (10-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Solitary Palm (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Prominent, not fluent 8th, mistake and ridden 10th, soon lost place, blundered badly and behind from 12th, 6th of 7, well behind Maid Of Silk (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf.
Volio Vincente (FR) 100-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, 10th or 15th, lost touch from 16th, left remote 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 4, 49l behind Bold Chief (11-12) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f nov chs (3) gf.
Brandy And Pep (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, ridden after 3 out, went 4th before 2 out, one pace, 6th of 13, 20l behind The Good Guy (11-4) at Stratford 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Jun.
Hill Forts Gloria (IRE) 9-1 (9-9) Prominent, led 4th, clear 5th until 8th, headed 2 out, one pace from last, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Go Amwell (11-7) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.