Sacred Square produced some fair handicap efforts on the level for William Haggas despite failing to actually get his head in front and was not beaten too far on his jumping debut behind Mandy's Boy at Ludlow in May. He's joined a leading NH yard and should improve with experience. Indeed, he may be good enough to score here but THE CHIEF VILLAIN is preferred. He represents a yard to be feared on their British raids and, interestingly, both runs to date have come in this country, notably when a close third to The Banastoir here earlier in the month. Hood and tongue tie are retained and hopefully will have the same positive effect. Maraweh is in good hands, looks best of the Russell duo and could well improve on performances to date.
Dr Moloney (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Close up and disputed lead, jumped left at times, 5th approaching 3 out, soon no impression, 7th of 13, well behind Johannisberger (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chase gd in May '13.
Euston Square 20-1 (9-5) Reluctant to leave stalls, behind, eased final 2f, last of 11, 40l behind Testa Rossa (9-9) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gf (flat).
Inca Kola 50-1 (10-11) Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 11, 50l behind Ground Invasion (11-6) at Kelso 2m NH flat (5) sft in May.
Kings Folly (IRE) 22-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, ridden and well beaten after 7th, 10th of 13, 46l behind Lord Brendy (11-0) at Kelso 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
The Chief Villain 5-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway from 2 out, ridden before last, kept on, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind The Banastoir (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Maraweh (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, pushed along after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 10, 44l behind Wicked Spice (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in May.
Sacred Square (GER) 25-1 (10-10) Mid-division, jumped slowly 4th, headway before 6th, challenged 3 out, mistake last, no extra flat, 5th of 11, 6l behind Mandy's Boy (10-10) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in May.
Miss Deefiant 66-1 (9-9) Mid-division, ridden after 3 out, never on terms, 8th of 12, 20l behind King's Chorister (10-9) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr '13.
Solway Summer 28-1 (10-8) Led 1f, tracked leaders, lost place 8f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Ghost River (10-12) at Perth 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jun.