Tamarillo Grove made all to hold off the reluctant Grey Blue at Newton Abbot earlier this month but has been raised 9lb and the runner-up's trainer, Nicky Henderson, should know where he stands with SPRINGINHERSTEP. The latter was second in a better race over course and distance in May and races off the same mark today. She's preferred to the frustrating Edmaaj and Dealing River, penalised for scoring at Southwell nine days ago but ahead of Edmaaj on her previous start. This may be too tough for Lyssio and Ladies Dancing.
Springinherstep (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway approaching 2 out, led before last, soon headed, not fluent at hurdle, no extra flat, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Roman Flight (11-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Edmaaj (IRE) 3-1fav (11-11) Prominent, every chance 3 out, soon ridden, no extra towards finish, 6th of 8, 7l behind Pure Style (11-10) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.
Tamarillo Grove (IRE) 9-2fav (11-3) Made all, driven clear before 2 out, kept on strongly, unchallenged, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd beating Grey Blue (11-9) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Lyssio (GER) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 9, 12l behind Don Padeja (11-6) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jun.
Ladies Dancing 7-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 3 out, every chance next, led just after last, headed towards finish, kept on, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Hi Tide (11-4) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Dealing River 11-8fav (10-8) Tracked leaders, led approaching when mistake last, ran on strongly, won at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd beating She's Late (11-8) by 5l, 6 ran.