Former Sir Michael Stoute inmate MAWAQEET is going the right way over hurdles, albeit rather more steadily than might have been expected. He failed, somewhat disappointingly, to take advantage of a 7lb concession from Bonobo at Bangor last time on just his second start over timber but did stay very well on the Flat and maybe this step-up in trip will reveal him in a better light. Seismic, a dual Flat winner in May, ran the best of his three hurdles outings here earlier this month but flopped at Sligo subsequently, whilst The Chief Villain was far too keen for his own good when fading out of contention behind stablemate Dr Moloney here last time. However, he was the subject of good support that day and should be capable of better.
Jackson Joe 80-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, pushed along before 4f out, soon outpaced, 5th of 10, 19l behind General Montgomery (11-1) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gf in Jun.
Let Me At It (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Ld til ro 6out, in a race won by Ziggie (11-4) at The Pigeons 3m ire ptp gs in Mar '13, 12 ran.
Mawaqeet (USA) 11-10fav (10-12) Tracked leader, led before 5th, riddeen and headed before last, no extra, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Bonobo (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf.
The Chief Villain 13-8fav (10-11) Raced freely, led after 2nd, headed 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 22l behind Dr Moloney (10-7) at Perth 2m mdn hdl (4) gd.
Seismic (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leader on inner in 3rd, mistake 3 out, dropped to 4th and ridden along, weakened into 5th 2 out and soon no extra and eased, 6th of 8, 32l behind Mckinley (11-7) at Sligo 2m 4yo mdn hdl gf.
Miss Deefiant 100-1 (10-2) Prominent, lost place before 4th, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 26l behind Dr Moloney (10-7) at Perth 2m mdn hdl (4) gd.
Solway Summer 100-1 (10-7) Always behind, under pressure halfway, soon tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Dr Moloney (10-7) at Perth 2m mdn hdl (4) gd.