Bear Island Flint was easy to back at Stratford but he shaped with promise on that introduction and with Tony McCoy booked on this occasion, the bookmakers are unlikely to be so dismissive as to his chances. MINELLA HERO was sold for a decent sum having finished a runner-up in a bumper at Gowran Park for John Nallen, and while new connections have had to be patient, Sarah Humphrey seems to have found a suitable opportunity here. Worth A Go was often a front-runner between the flags and with a tonguestrap applied; it would be no surprise to see him being asked to make the running. Jock Des Mottes and James Ridley have formed a decent partnership in point-to-points this year so Liz Juckes' six-year-old shouldn't be discounted on a return to racing under Rules.
Bear Island Flint 20-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, chase winner before 3f out until one pace towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Another Hero (11-5) at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gf in Jun.
H M S Intrepid 12-1 (11-7) (cp) prom til wknd app 2 out, 4th of 9, 25l behind Winning Note (11-7) at Torrington Farmers 3m ptp gf in Jun.
Jock Des Mottes (FR) 5-2 (12-0) Trckd ldrs; led 15; comf, won at Clifton-on-Teme 3m ptp gf in May beating Old Grange (12-0) by 6l, 4 ran.
Looselipssinkships 25-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ridden and weakened before 3f out, 9th of 11, 46l behind G'dai Sydney (11-1) at Stratford 2m cond NH flat (6) gd.
Minella Hero (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, improved to dispute lead and ridden 2f out, soon narrowly led, headed 1f out, kept on final furlong, 2nd of 20, 2 1/4l behind Pay The King (12-0) at Gowran Park 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Stantastic 100-1 (10-11) Always in rear, 11th of 13, 31l behind Clever Cookie (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Tunnel Vision (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Alw twrds rr, so late, nrst fin, 6th of 12, 22l behind Boss Croaker (10-11) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec '11.
Uiop 6-1 (10-11) In touch, took keen hold, headway 12f out, ridden and hanging left from 3f out, chasing leaders when ran out 2f out (crashed through doll and unseated rider), in a race won by G'dai Sydney (11-8) at Worcester 2m cond NH flat (6) gf, 9 ran.
Worth A Go (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Chsd ldrs, 5th by 7th, wknd in 10th 6out & to when pu bef 4out, in a race won by Auldthunder (12-0) at Kinsale 3m ire ptp gd in Jun, 16 ran.