With the market leaders underperforming, Bajan Blu was left with a clear path to a first victory under Rules at Worcester last week but is likely to find this a lot tougher. Galiotto only won a seller at Towcester in May but Jaja De Jau has already finished second twice over course and distance this year and was tackling fences last time. FLASH TOMMIE performed much better dropped in trip at Stratford at the start of the month and may be ready to open his account now, though Market Rasen third Sendiym and veteran Wheelavit have place claims again.
Bajan Blu 15-2 (10-9) Tracked leader, bumped 5th, led next, clear last, driven out, won at Worcester 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf beating Flinstone (10-12) by 5l, 4 ran.
Galiotto (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) In touch, pushed along and headway before and led 2 out, kept on, driven out, won at Towcester 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gd in May beating Not Til Monday (11-8) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Sirop De Menthe (FR) 16-1 (11-11) Took keen hold, led 2nd, soon headed, lost place when awkward 3rd, well beaten after 3 out, 9th of 11, 43l behind Dealing River (11-3) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jun.
Blue Top 4-1 (11-9) Held up in touch, outpaced after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Brass Monkey (11-1) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Maxi Mac (IRE) 80-1 (10-7) Always behind, tailed off before 3 out, 10th of 13, 42l behind August Hill (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Flash Tommie (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Prominent, led 4th, ridden and headed before last, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Retrieve (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (5) gf.
Taroum (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Mid-division, struggling before 4th (normal 7th), 15th of 18, well behind Mr Maynard (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Jaja De Jau 5-1 (10-7) Held up behind, tracked leaders 5 out, ridden 3 out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 4th of 9, 17l behind Great Link (11-7) at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Jun.
Sendiym (FR) 7-1 (10-11) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, ridden to chase leaders before next, stayed on to take 3rd flat, no impression, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Renegotiate (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Kilfinichen Bay (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) In touch, outpaced in 5th approaching 2 out, never troubled leaders, 5th of 14, 14l behind Dealing River (11-6) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Vertueux (FR) 5-2 (11-2) Prominent, not fluent 2nd, challenged after 3 out, upsides winner until 2 out, 3rd and beaten before last, one pace, 3rd of 6, 13l behind Dalmo (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sell hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Tennessee Bird 20-1 (10-5) Reluctant to line up, held up in rear on outside, headway before 5th, 4th and no impression on leaders before last, 5th of 17, 12l behind Jazz Man (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Recway Lass 9-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, mistake 3 out, one pace next, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Sureness (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Wheelavit (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Pressed leader, led 2nd, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 14, 12l behind Bernisdale (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Marina Bay 66-1 (10-0) Held up in rear on outside, well beaten before omitted 3 out, 7th of 15, 21l behind Politeness (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.