Quayside Court was a distant third when Von Galen won easily over track and trip last month but enjoys a sizeable turnaround in the weights today and could go well if allowed an uncontested lead. Von Galen is a bit inconsistent but was second over a shorter trip here again last time while Tinelyra only found one too good over 2m5f at Leicester. ROYAUME BLEU chased home Quayside Court here in March with Top Benefit back in third. The top weight made a promising comeback at Worcester and, if blinkers have the desired effect, he has every chance of his victory of 12 months ago as Kilvergan Boy appears to have lost his way again.
Royaume Bleu (FR) 11-4fav (11-8) Led until 7th, led 9th, not fluent and headed 11th, led again before 4 out, pressed last, soon headed and ridden, weakened final 100 yards, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Days Of Pleasure (10-8) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Oct.
Divine Folly (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Held up, dropped to rear 10th, behind from 16th, 6th of 7, well behind Suburban Bay (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft.
Tinelyra (IRE) 5-4fav (10-10) Held up in rear, mistake 5th, headway 8th, chased winner 4 out, driven and every chance last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Mr Bachster (10-10) at Leicester 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gf.
Kilcascan 7-2 (10-10) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden before 4 out, chased winner before 3 out, not fluent 2 out, lost 2nd place after last, one pace, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Bennys Well (9-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Top Benefit (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, led when took wrong course after 9th, continued until headed and pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Waltzing Tornado (11-13) at Towcester 2m 6f am hcp ch 0-95 (5) gs, 7 ran.
Von Galen (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, led after 3 out, hard pressed next, soon ridden, headed narrowly flat, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Waltzing Tornado (11-13) at Towcester 2m 6f am hcp ch 0-95 (5) gs.
Tom Bach (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Took keen hold, led, stumbled 4th, over 4 lengths ahead and going ok when blundered and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Glenwood Prince (11-9) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy, 9 ran.
Kilvergan Boy (IRE) 3-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, not fluent 11th and 14th, went 4th before 3 out, ridden and no impression when blundered last, 4th of 6, 8l behind Princely Hero (11-12) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Annie Confidential (IRE) 5-1 (10-3) Led, jumped left at times, not fluent and headed 7th, weakened before 11th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Mr Bachster (9-13) at Ludlow 2m 4f am hcp ch 0-95 (5) gd in Oct, 10 ran.
Quayside Court (IRE) 4-1 (10-2) Led, headed before 4th, chased leader until blundered and lost place next, rallied to regain lead 8th, headed 11th, chased leaders, pushed along and lost 3rd after 4 out, stayed on same pace in 4th, 4th of 8, 15l behind Milosam (10-12) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Overton Lad 8-1 (10-3) Led, mistake and headed 14th, chased leader, went right 4 out, ridden after next, driven between last 2, one pace and no impression when lost 2nd at the last, kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Princely Hero (11-12) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.