There was a lot to like about RIO MILAN's debut third over 2m5f here last month. The extra yardage will suit and he could be the value getting 7lb from Milan Bound, who made a winning start for the Jonjo O'Neill camp at Carlisle but faces a stiffer task here. Squeeze Me won a bumper in July but has her stamina to prove over this trip while Flintham didn't appear to get home over 2m6f at Stratford.
Milan Bound (IRE) 6-4 (10-12) Mid-division, mistake 7th, headway and mistake 3 out, not fluent next, switched right before and mistake last, kept on to lead last 50 yards, won at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Fayette County (10-12) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Flintham 40-1 (10-8) Led until not fluent 1st, prominent, led again 3rd, headed and not fluent 4th, led 7th, headed 2 out, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 14, 27l behind Andy Kelly (10-10) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Honour The King (IRE) 80-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, took keen hold, blundered 1st, mistake and lost touch 6th, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Ashes House (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Rio Milan (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway from 3 out, went 3rd before last, kept on, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Flemenson (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Squeeze Me 15-2 (10-11) Held up in touch, pushed along 7f out, stayed on same pace final 3f, went 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 13, 15l behind Gunner Fifteen (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft.