It may not pay to take the form of Strongpoint's second to Busted Tycoon over course and distance too literally as the winner had any amount in hand though the top weight did finish well ahead of Cool Baranca, who was due to run over a shorter trip here yesterday, and Parson's Punch. A Bridge Too Far has yet to show much improvement for a tumble down the weights while Reaping The Reward was pulled up when favourite here in May. SOLWAY DANDY is a token selection trying this trip for the first time after solid efforts here and at Wetherby as the bottom three are all carrying more than their allotted weight.
Strongpoint (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Led, hit 2 out, joined and went right last, soon ridden headed final 75 yards, flattered by proximity to winner, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Busted Tycoon (10-8) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Reaping The Reward (IRE) 5-2fav (11-4) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway on outside after 6th, hit 7th, mistake 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Overpriced (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May, 9 ran.
A Bridge Too Far (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Led, hit 6th, ridden after 3 out, headed and weakened quickly before next, 5th of 8, 26l behind Taigan (11-7) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Windwood Lad 12-1 (11-12) In touch on outside, lost place before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before next, in a race won by Romanesco (11-9) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Sep, 14 ran.
Parson's Punch 28-1 (11-2) Always behind, last and struggling before 6th, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Busted Tycoon (10-8) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
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.
Weybridge Light 10-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4th, led approaching 6th, mistake and headed 4 out, not fluent 2 out, soon outpaced, stayed on to take 2nd approaching last, unable to challenge winner, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Granaruid (10-13) at Hexham 2m 4f amat hcp hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Solway Dandy 13-2 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 14, 7l behind Momkinzain (10-12) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
King's Chorister 10-1 (11-5) Held up in mid-division, hit 1st, ridden after 6th, well beaten from next, tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind Inside Knowledge (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
I'll Be Frank 11-2 (10-0) Led, headed before last, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Cruachan (10-6) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Painted Sky 50-1 (11-7) In rear, behind 7th, pulled up before 9th, in a race won by Auberge (11-1) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun, 11 ran.