Jonjo O Neill sent out the smart Taquin De Seuil to win this last year and has another nice prospect in DAKAR RUN. Successful in bumpers at Wetherby and Huntingdon last season, he was fifth in a Grade 2 at Aintree on his final start and is held in some regard. Timesremembered could be another useful recruit from bumpers but Emma Lavelle often gives her novices time to develop while No No Mac's bumper victory came on the Fibresand. State Department doesn't look anything special while Church Hall looks as though he's going to need a lot further than this.
Church Hall (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, pushed along in 7th over 4f out, closed over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 6th of 12, 27l behind Roll On Ruby (10-10) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.
Dakar Run 11-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 4f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 19, 13l behind Killyglass (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f nat hunt flat Grade 2 (1) gs in Apr.
Drummond 5-1 (9-0) Unseated rider in paddock, chased leaders, pushed along and lost place over 3f out, rallied under pressure 3f out, ridden and chased leaders over 1f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind McConnell (9-0) at Brighton 1m 2f Apprentice Selling Handicap (0-65) (3yo+) (6) gs in Sep (flat).
Eanans Bay (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, 20l behind Panettone (9-9) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep (flat).
Ghost Of A Smile (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, effort on inner over 3f out, never dangerous, 11th of 16, 32l behind Purple Bay (10-7) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gd in Feb.
Iguacu 10-1 (10-12) Mid-division, jumped left and mistake 1st, not fluent 2nd, went 2nd after 2 out, no chance with winner, 3rd and one pace before last, 3rd of 9, well behind Jonnie Skull (10-9) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep.
Mystifiable 9-4fav (11-4) Mid-division, headway 8f out, challenged 4f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Land Of Vic (10-8) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Apr.
No No Mac (IRE) 9-2 (10-8) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, led over 2f out, clear final furlong, won at Southwell 2m mdn n h flat (5) std in Mar beating Oscars Way (11-4) by 5l, 10 ran.
Stag Hill (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out to chase leaders, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 15l behind Bling King (8-11) at Leicester 1m 2f Classified Claiming Stakes (0-75) (3-4yo) (5) gd in Sep (flat).
State Department 7-1 (10-12) Held up, pecked 4th, lost touch before 6th, 4th of 5, well behind Oscar Magic (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs in Sep.
Tempuran 10-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway after 5th, switched left before 2 out, no extra final 150 yards, 4th of 14, 15l behind Orthodox Lad (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Timesremembered (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Led early, headed after 3f, tracked leaders on inner, 2nd 4f out, ridden in 3rd 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 9l behind The Tullow Tank (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft in Mar.
Wishfull Dancer (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden and struggling 5f out, 9th of 13, 33l behind Mrs Jordan (10-7) at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gs in Sep.
Tweedle Dee 7-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway 3f out, pushed along and edged left over 2f out, soon ridden, 4th and one pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 4l behind Mr Fickle (9-7) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Aug (flat).