Sagredo is likely to be popular having shaped well for the application of headgear but he isn't a frequent winner and we feel that SONOFAGUN can get the better of him. Connections have had to be patient though Ian Williams is adept at gleaning improvement from horses that have campaigned elsewhere, and the seven-year-old won in taking fashion at Southwell last week. Chilworth Screamer won off a mark of 94 at Wincanton and was far from disgraced in a follow-up bid at Aintree three days later. Scenic Route has found the winning habit in point-to-points and was able to follow up victory in an Andersover maiden with a wide margin win at Woodland Pytchley. City Press disappointed at Worcester and the assessor has returned him to the mark he held when obliging over course and distance in June.
City Press (IRE) 4-1fav (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden before 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by No Loose Change (11-7) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf, 12 ran.
Scenic Route (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Led aft 5; drew clr aft 15; unchall, won at Woodland Pytchley 3m ptp gs in Jun beating Skoobiddle (12-0) by 12l, 7 ran.
Bathwick Man 25-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders on outer, reminders after 4th, lost place before 4 out, tailed off, last of 13, well behind On The Bridge (11-6) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Sagredo (USA) 8-1 (10-12) Mid-division, hampered 2nd, headway 4th, went 2nd 3 out, led going well 2 out, shaken up before last, driven and headed flat, unable to quicken, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Compton Blue (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.
Sonofagun (FR) 6-1 (11-2) Held up in last pair, steady headway after 5th, went 2nd travelling well before 2 out, led approaching 2 out, clear before last, easily, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd beating Graceful Descent (10-5) by 6l, 9 ran.
Chilworth Screamer 2-1fav (10-9) Held up in 4th, tracked leading pair on outside after 4 out, challenged next, led briefly 2 out, kept on and every chance until ridden and one pace final 110 yards, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Va'vite (10-13) at Aintree 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Ironical (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Mid-division, blundered 6th, weakened before 2 out, not fluent last, 7th of 8, 40l behind Man Of Leisure (11-3) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.