Sur La Mer does look harshly treated off topweight on what he's achieved and BEDOUIN BAY, a fine servant to Johnny Farrelly over the past ten months or so, looks a better option after being left on a mark of 112 after his winning run came to an end when a decent third at Southwell. He'll still be competitive off that rating, acts on any ground and goes really well for amateur pilot Robert Hawker. Provincial Pride has gone well on all three starts since joining Mike Hammond from the Mangans in Ireland and he's also expected to remain a player despite being raised to a career-high mark. My Lad Percy and Bold Raider are also in with a shout.
Sur La Mer (IRE) 11-2 (10-11) Led until 2nd, prominent, driven and led again before 3 out, headed when hampered 2 out, no extra when mistake last, 4th of 7, 13l behind Aalim (11-6) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf.
Bedouin Bay 11-4 (10-11) Held up behind, tracked leaders approaching 2 out, effort between last 2, kept on same pace, no impression in 3rd flat, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Cinematique (10-8) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
My Lad Percy 4-1 (10-4) Close up, not fluent 3 out, hung left and stayed on same pace flat, no impression on winner, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Princely Player (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jun.
Bold Raider (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Prominent, every chance 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 10, 6l behind Commitment (11-9) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Provincial Pride (IRE) 3-1fav (12-0) Prominent, led 3rd, headed 6th, led next, not fluent 2 out, headed before last, soon switched right, 2 lengths down when mistake at hurdle, no extra, 2nd of 16, 9l behind Galley Slave (9-13) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
River Clare (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Led, not fluent 1st, jinked badly 5th, headed before 3 out, weakened after next, 4th of 8, 23l behind Hawdyerwheesht (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Unknown Legend (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, took keen hold, 3rd and ridden 2 out, no extra before last, 5th of 16, 19l behind Galley Slave (9-13) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Minneapolis 20-1 (10-11) Chased winner until after 3 out, soon weakened quickly, 8th of 9, 21l behind Tamarillo Grove (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Zafaraban (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Reminders 1st, soon close up, often backing away from the hurdles and needing plenty of driving, lost place 5th, no chance when jumped left and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Provincial Pride (11-5) at Worcester 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jun, 9 ran.
Sharlene's Quest (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Wl bhnd 13; to, 3rd of 7, well behind Patricktom Boru (12-0) at Gelligaer Farmers 3m ptp gf in May.