This marathon distance will take some getting today but Wilde Ruby has ground and trip in her favour and makes plenty of appeal after a third at Exeter. Nigel Twiston-Davies runs the unexposed He's The Daddy but son Sam rides SAIL AND RETURN and Phil Middleton's gelding gets the nod with Uttoxeter conqueror Green Wizard having won easily since. Ukrainian Star and Ahead Ahead may be the best of those nearer the foot of the weights but veteran chaser Knighton Combe has it all to do under his welter burden.
Knighton Combe 16-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 13th, losing place when fell 4 out, in a race won by Pigeon Island (10-8) at Ascot 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Apr, 13 ran.
Qualviro (FR) 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leader, under pressure 3 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Mystic Appeal (10-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Apr.
Wilde Ruby (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) In touch, outpaced 9th, stayed on again from 2 out, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Cinevator (11-9) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Apr.
Life Of A Luso (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) Towards rear, soon mid-division, quickly pulled up after 6th, dismounted, in a race won by Big Time Billy (11-2) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf, 8 ran.
Sail And Return 16-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, headway after 9th, went 2nd and not fluent last, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Green Wizard (11-4) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Graduation Night 10-1 (11-4) Held up, hampered 4th, headway approaching 7th, mistake next, close up 4 out, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 10, 27l behind Staccato Valtat (10-6) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Mobaasher (USA) 3-1 (12-0) Prom til wknd 18, 5th of 6, 13l behind Joaaci (12-0) at Eggesford 4m ptp gf.
He's The Daddy 2-1fav (11-12) Held up in touch, outpaced after 8th, weakening when jumped right 2 out, 5th of 7, 25l behind Madame Allsorts (10-9) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Mar.
Green Bank (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) In touch, headway to 3rd before 4 out, went 2nd 2 out, stayed on from last, always held, 2nd of 16, 2 3/4l behind Cinevator (11-7) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Earcomesthedream (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Often niggled along, tracked leader until before 2nd, left 2nd 5th, hampered by loose horse and dropped rear after 9th, well beaten from after 3 out, 4th of 6, 40l behind Thornton Alice (11-4) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Munlochy Bay 33-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, ridden after 6th, soon struggling, tailed off, went badly left 2 out and last, 10th of 12, well behind Chestertern (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Ukrainian Star (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Prominent, not fluent 5th, mistake 3 out, soon beaten, 7th of 13, 32l behind Green Wizard (11-4) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Ahead Ahead (IRE) 9-2fav (11-8) Held up in rear, some headway from 3 out, never in contention and no impression, 6th of 11, 30l behind Kilrush (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Roses Legend 16-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, went 5th before 3 out, weakened after last, 5th of 9, 8l behind Chase Gate (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf.
Portmeade 20-1 (10-7) Held up, badly hampered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Marico (10-7) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd, 12 ran.