Tony Martin's four-year-old BUSTED TYCOON got off the mark at Tramore in April and improved again to land a handicap at Perth 10 days ago. Though penalised 7lb for that latest victory, he is fancied to complete the hat-trick here as there is more in the tank. Breaking Bits' win in a maiden hurdle at Fontwell is only ordinary form while Speed Steed has been chasing. Don't Be Late won at Worcester in April but couldn't follow up off a higher mark at Wetherby and has been raised a further 8lb since. Mount Vesuvius is still on a fair mark, however, and has place claims again.
Laustra Bad (FR) 25-1 (11-5) Mid-division, lost place before 8th, weakened 2 out, 6th of 10, 36l behind Saint Roque (11-10) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Delphi Mountain (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Led, headed after 3 out, weakened before next, 14th of 16, 33l behind Lough Roe Lady (11-2) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-116 in Nov.
Speed Steed (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Mid-division, not fluent 5th, struggling 4 out, never in contention with leaders, 6th of 14, 30l behind Himalayan Express (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m hts chs (5) gd in May.
Brilliant Barca 12-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 10, 48l behind Saint Roque (11-10) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Breaking Bits (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led after 5th, made rest, driven 4 lengths clear last, ridden out flat, won at Fontwell 2m 2f NH mdn hdl (4) gd in May beating Azure Fly (11-0) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Don't Be Late (IRE) 5-4fav (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 6th, went 3rd before 3 out, held in 4th when left 3rd last, kept on, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Candleford (10-9) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Busted Tycoon (IRE) 5-1 (10-8) Held up in mid-division, steady headway 6th, went 2nd on bit 2 out, upsides last, led final 75 yards, hard held, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf beating Strongpoint (11-2) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Dance Floor King (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway after 7th, close 3rd when mistake 2 out, no impression when swerved right on landing last, weakened flat, 3rd of 10, 19l behind Garryleigh (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd.
Turtlethomas (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Soon in touch on outside, ridden afetr 9th, no extra 2 out, 6th of 13, 14l behind Green Wizard (11-4) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Tisfreetdream (IRE) 18-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, fell 6th, in a race won by Borolee (11-7) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd, 12 ran.
Mount Vesuvius (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Mid-division, headway on outside before 6th, chased winner before 2 out, jumped left and not fluent last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Just Cloudy (11-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Fitandproperjob 5-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway after 6th, lost place before 2 out, 9th of 14, 27l behind Brass Monkey (10-10) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.