Cousin Guillaume was always in the firing line on his debut at Kelso and though unable to quicken will have come on for the experience and should enjoy the softer conditions. Countersign showed the benefit of his opening run with a better effort at Towcester where he found the 1m6f inadequate. This is more his trip and he looks certain to be in the shake-up. Bellorophon, runner-up on his only point-to-point start, ran so badly when fancied for his bumper debut at Sedgefield that it can't have been his true form. Ifonlywecud has twice run reasonably well here but a chance is taken with TRUCKERS STEEL, who was purchased for £45,000 after a comfortable victory in a point-to-point at Dromahane on very heavy going.
Bellorophon (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, weakened before 4f out, 8th of 11, well behind Amazing Scenes (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in May.
Billy The Bandit (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Kilfane.
Countersign 9-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Wyfield Rose (10-9) at Towcester 1m 5f mdn NH flat (6) gf.
Cousin Guillaume (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Mont Royale (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH flat (5) gd.
Garrahalish (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Mid div, 6th 1/2way, 3rd from 9th, 4l 3rd 3out until went 2nd aftr 2out,m no ch with wnr, ko onepcd, 2nd of 13, 3l behind Pursuitofhappiness (12-0) at Ballydurn 3m ire ptp sft in Mar.
Ifonlywecud (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Tara Muck (10-4) at Southwell 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Sep.
Shadow Of The Day Sugarfoot gelding out of She Who Dares Wins.
Truckers Steel (IRE) Craigsteel gelding out of Frantesa.
Island Whisper (IRE) Turtle Island mare out of Whistles Dream.