The Last Bridge has been competing off higher marks over fences since winning at Taunton in March. He's not an easy ride but usually responds to pressure and is one for the short-list in this. Fiddleesticks was second to the progressive Polo Springs at Bangor last month but FRONTIER VIC's recent placed efforts at Taunton looks superior form. He's gone up another 5lb but his rider's claim takes care of that and he can gain a deserved second success over timber. Valrene has shown a bit more lately and looks the pick of the remainder.
Frontier Vic 5-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, chased winner next, stayed on strongly after last, 2nd of 10, nk behind Clues And Arrows (10-11) at Taunton 3m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Fiddleesticks (IRE) 10-3fav (11-5) Mid-division on inside, outpaced after 6th, stayed on from 3 out, went 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Polo Springs (9-10) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Rory Boy (USA) 11-1 (10-13) Led, headed 10th, soon weakened and in rear, 8th of 9, well behind Gwladys Street (11-7) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Mar '13.
Dais Return (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Led, headed approaching 3rd, chased leaders, ridden before 9th, weakened before next, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Okafranca (11-4) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec '12.
Valrene 9-2 (11-7) Held up, steady headway approaching 6th, hampered 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, left 2nd last, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Rocky Stone (11-11) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Tisfreetdream (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, headway 3 out, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 15, 23l behind Speckled Door (11-10) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Canadian Dreamer (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders, hit 6th, weakened after 8th, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Earcomesthedream (11-0) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Noble Perk 5-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, some progress 7th, pushed along 4 out, soon lost place, behind and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Pennant Dancer (10-1) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr, 12 ran.
Gair Leat (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) In rear, weakened after 3 out, 4th of 5, well behind Silsol (10-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
The Last Bridge 2-1fav (11-1) Prominent on inside, led 3rd until 6th, led 7th until 9th, mistake 15th, outpaced before 5 out, rallied to chase winner from next, closed and 3 lengths down last, no impression flat, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Bringewood Belle (9-7) at Chepstow 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Diamond Pro (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, mistake 2nd, weakened 5 out, 11th of 12, well behind Clues And Arrows (10-10) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Deportation 33-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 12th of 17, 43l behind Rayadour (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Taxi Des Obeaux (FR) 18-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, always last, pushed along after 4 out, beaten soon after next, last of 4, 28l behind Maller Tree (11-10) at Wetherby 2m 6f sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gd in Apr.
Blue Cove 25-1 (10-0) Always towards rear, 7th of 12, 41l behind Phar Away Island (9-13) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.