LODGICIAN was only beaten half-a-length by Shilpa on his comeback run at Ffos Las. The nine-year-old, who won over C&D last August, is only a couple of pounds higher today and should take all the beating in a race that probably isn't as competitive as the numbers suggest. Bedizen is going backwards judged on a woeful effort when odds-on for a Wetherby seller last month while the handicapper has seen fit to raise J'Adhere 4lb for his second at Fontwell. Rampant Ronnie races off the same mark as when second to Brunson at Hereford, however, and shouldn't be far away while it would be no surprise to see My Brother Sylvest in the firing-line, despite a recent absence.
J'Adhere (FR) 7-2fav (11-4) Held up in last trio, headway approaching 3 out, tracked winner on inside travellling well 2 out, challenged and blundered last, recovered to press winner and every chance flat, found no extra and held final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Lastroseofsummer (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Bedizen 4-7fav (10-7) Held up in touch, took keen hold, not fluent 3 out, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 6, 19l behind Rushwee (10-11) at Wetherby 2m 4f sell hdl (5) gd in May.
Captain Sully (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway approaching 4 out, chased leaders after next, weakened last, 3rd of 9, 32l behind Smart Freddy (10-9) at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) gd.
Farleigh House (USA) 11-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, lost place after 4 out, last of 7, 35l behind Tri Nations (10-6) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Apr.
The Tiddly Tadpole 12-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway 3 out, ridden to chase winner after last, kept on, no impression, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Dunowen Point (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
My Brother Sylvest 5-1 (11-7) Led, jumped right, headed 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 8, 31l behind Perfect Reward (11-5) at Stratford 2m 3f sll hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Rampant Ronnie (USA) 7-1 (10-11) Tended to jump left, chased leader, led after 1st, joined and mistake last, headed soon after, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Brunston (11-12) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Lodgician (IRE) 13-2 (11-9) Prominent, not fluent 2nd, challenged 3 out, switched right before next, soon led, hit last, headed flat, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Shilpa (10-4) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf.
Nether Stream (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) In rear, struggling 5th, behind next, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Occasionally Yours (10-9) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd, 11 ran.
Ajman (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Prominent, lost place 5th, blundered next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by The Cayterers (10-3) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gf in Mar, 10 ran.
Tignello (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Took keen hold, led at steady pace, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened and mistakes last 2, 7th of 9, 26l behind January (11-5) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf.
Feeling (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Led until 3 out, weakened last, 7th of 14, 15l behind Ouest Eclair (11-4) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Mar.
Knightsbridgelives (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Took keen hold in rear, struggling 6th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by The Good Guy (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Oct, 9 ran.
Piper's Song (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Took keen hold, held up in rear, steady headway approaching 4 out, 4th travelling well before next, went 3rd and one pace when mistake last, 3rd of 14, 7l behind O'Callaghan Strand (11-6) at Worcester 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf.
Encompassing (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, went left 1st, not fluent next, headway after 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 9, 34l behind Bedouin Bay (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Tamarillo Grove (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway approaching 5th, chased winner after 3 out, ridden when jumped right 2 out, no impression, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 16l behind With Grace (10-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gf in May.