Guga won when last seen here attempting this trip but has disappointed in his runs since then. His last run over the hurdles wasn't ideal and he will prefer the drop back to his favoured trip on the flat. Interestingly, Duke Of Normandy lines up against Guga again today after finishing even further behind the winner of their last race together in that Selling Hurdle at Stratford. A lot was expected as a youngster bought for 100,000 guineas as a yearling but he moved to Brian Baugh's yard for £10,000 last year after failing to impress for Mark Johnston. TIMOCRACY is once more the selection looking for seven wins in a row. He has beaten Guga before in May when carrying 5lb more than his rival and with better terms today in the weights he can gain another victory.
Guga (IRE) 4-6fav (9-13) Soon led, clear over 4f out to well over 1f out, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra final furlong, lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Frank Street (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf in Jul.
Timocracy 5-4fav (9-12) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on gamely inside final furlong, won at Windsor 1m 4f sell stks (6) gf in Jul beating Celtic Dragon (9-7) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Castlebury (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) In touch, headway over 3f out, soon ridden, stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 5l behind Eijaaz (9-5) at Redcar 1m 2f clm stks (6) fm in Jul.
Duke of Normandy (IRE) 28-1 (9-8) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, staying on same pace when short of room inside final furlong, 4th of 15, 3 1/2l behind Larkrise Star (8-3) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf in Jul.
Media Stars 100-1 (9-8) Took keen hold, always towards rear, 9th of 11, 19l behind Ballade De La Mer (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m 5f am hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul.
Phantom Serenade (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 8th of 10, 14l behind Quiet Mountain (8-10) at Newcastle 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Melkatant 25-1 (8-11) Led, driven when headed inside final furlong, soon weakened, 4th of 8, 3l behind Eijaaz (9-5) at Redcar 1m 2f clm stks (6) fm in Jul.
Pobs Trophy 20-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 16l behind Market Puzzle (8-12) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo sll (6) gf in Jul.
Reel Love 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division, wide 4f out, ridden 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 10, 22l behind Valantino Oyster (8-12) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo sll hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Tom Wade (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Mid-division, took keen hold, waiting for room on inside from over 3f out until headway inside final 2f, soon ridden, no impression final furlong, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Valantino Oyster (8-12) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo sll hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Don't Hurry Love (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden and no impression from 3f out, 8th of 13, 26l behind One For Joules (8-8) at Wexford 1m 3f 3yo clm in Jul.