Early Applause only found Momkinzain too good over track and trip last month and has every chance of going one better in this from near the foot of the weights. Cool Baranca wins her fair share and won't be fazed by a drop in distance but The Weatherman has shown nothing since returning from injury and Outrageous Request and The Ice Factor are best watched following a lengthy absence. LISBON has only won a maiden hurdle at Cartmel but could still be progressing and he has a good chance of a follow-up here as Latest Trend needs further.
Outrageous Request 9-2 (11-0) Led and keen, headed 2 out, soon ridden, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Kruzhlinin (11-4) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May '12.
The Ice Factor 15-2 (11-0) Chased leaders early, mid-division halfway, weakened 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Gimli's Return (11-1) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Mar '12, 14 ran.
Latest Trend (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders on outside, not fluent 5th, lost place next, not fluent 7th, mistake 10th, not fluent and weakened 11th, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Strongbows Legend (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Jun.
The Weatherman (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, driven and lost place before 5th, no impression after, weakened 2 out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Baccalaureate (10-8) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Lisbon (IRE) 5-2fav (10-9) Mid-division, headway after 5th, ridden to lead after 2 out, soon clear, stayed on, won at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gf in May beating Smart Ruler (11-0) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Cool Baranca (GER) 7-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, never on terms, 9th of 14, 29l behind Busted Tycoon (10-8) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Early Applause 16-1 (11-7) Held up in last pair, mistake and ridden 5th, steady headway on outside approaching 3 out, chased leaders after 2 out, disputing 2nd last, stayed on to 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Momkinzain (10-10) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jun.
Lap of Honour (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Mid-division and keen, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 9th of 11, 26l behind Solaras Exhibition (11-10) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in May '12.