The handicapper seems to have been extremely harsh in raising Paradise Expected in the weights for her third over 2m5f here in May but Tim Vaughan's mare probably still has the ability to figure on her return to action. Oniz Tiptoes has been a bit more like his old self recently and the nine-year-old would have claims if reproducing his Wetherby second two runs ago. But the one to beat is almost certainly UKRAINIAN STAR, who stayed on strongly to score off this mark over fences at Warwick last time and is much improved since last seen over the smaller obstacles.
Celian (FR) 50-1 (11-6) Mid-division, outpaced 6th, soon behind, tailed off 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Prince Du Seuil (11-12) at Folkestone 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft, 17 ran.
Paradise Expected 10-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway after 6th, staying on same pace when left 3rd approaching last, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Red Not Blue (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Oniz Tiptoes (IRE) 12-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, plugged on from 2 out, no impression, 7th of 15, 9l behind Sonara (10-0) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Quay Meadow (IRE) 13-2 (11-6) Towards rear, ridden after 6th, hit 8th, well beaten after next, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Woodlands Gem (10-7) at Ludlow 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov, 13 ran.
Chit Chat 5-1 (11-6) Mid-division, reminders after 4th, lost place 6th, weakened 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Musical Wedge (11-4) at Hereford 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr, 12 ran.
Glamorous Gg 20-1 (10-0) Held up in touch, struggling after 5th, ridden 2 out, stayed on to go well beaten 3rd between last 2, never near leading pair, 3rd of 7, 18l behind Silver Footnote (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Carys's Lad 40-1 (11-8) Towards rear, mistake 6th, headway 7th, soon ridden, weakened 3 out, 8th of 12, 45l behind Just The Job (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Ukrainian Star (IRE) 7-4fav (11-0) Chased leaders, led 6th until 10th, chased leader, led 14th, made rest, about 1 length ahead when blundered last, driven and stayed on well flat, won at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Nov beating Atherstone Hill (10-8) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.