Rugged Jack is one to note whatever fate befalls him after an absence dating back to the opening month of 2012. A course bumper winner, he should be carefully monitored in the market. Royal Palladium, beaten a long way when fourth to the potentially very useful Carraig Mor here last time, remains nonetheless respected for his in-form team in what appears an easier assignment. The Kings Theatre gelding remains a likely improver. A Tale Of Intrigue has a couple of decent bumper efforts on his CV but ASHES HOUSE looks hard to beat. Rebecca Curtis' Dushyantor gelding only succumbed by less than a length to the useful Flemenson here last time after some excellent bumper efforts two years ago. He clearly retains his ability and can start making up for lost time now.
Ashes House (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, led after 2nd, ridden before last, rider soon lost whip, headed last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Flemenson (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
A Tail Of Intrigue (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, effort over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, never able to challenge, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Cloud Brook (10-11) at Bangor 2m 1f cond NH flat (6) sft in Oct.
Blue Cove 66-1 (10-6) Mid-division, slow 3rd, ridden 6th, weakened next, tailed off 6 out, 6th of 10, well behind Well Mett (12-0) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Dee Ayes Delight 50-1 (11-4) Led, headed 7f out, lost place 4f out, 9th of 13, 21l behind Lemony Bay (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
High Aspirations (IRE) 9-2 (12-0) Pr, ld 5out, ko strongly from last, won at Ballyragget 3m ire ptp in Mar beating Reddy Boy (12-0) by 4l, 9 ran.
Honour The King (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, weakened well over 4f out, tailed off, 13th of 19, 37l behind Problema Tic (11-5) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (5) gd in May '10.
Oak Wood (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Took keen hold in mid-division, losing place when mistake 6th, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Carraig Mor (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Over My Head 150-1 (10-5) Tracked leader, weakened quickly 4 out, tailed off, moderate 4th, 4th of 10, well behind Chase The Spud (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Royal Palladium (FR) 33-1 (10-12) Took keen hold in mid-division, pushed along and struggling towards rear 4th, hit next, plugged on from 3 out, went poor 4th approaching 2 out, 4th of 12, well behind Carraig Mor (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Rugged Jack (FR) 6-4fav (11-4) Tracked leader, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 10, 19l behind Il Presidente (11-4) at Fontwell 1m 6f NH flat (6) hvy in Jan '12.
Anchoretta Eyre (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) Relctant to race, tailed off throughout, 9th of 12, well behind Masters Hill (10-11) at Exeter 2m 7f am nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.