The Stout Italian found the progressive Karinga Dancer too good here last month but finished clear of the rest of the field. He has claims along with Rayvin Black, who has also been placed over these hurdles. However, FAIR TRADE has been keeping good company over timber without success and Alan King looks to have found him a decent opportunity here to record that elusive first win. Kalani King posted a better second effort over hurdles at Newton Abbot last time and could prove best of the rest.
Browns Brook (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, outpaced before 3 out, kept on from 2 out, never dangerous, 7th of 13, 33l behind Looking On (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Mar.
Catch Me Up (IRE) 100-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, driven and struggling when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Viva Steve (11-1) at Sandown 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Mar, 13 ran.
Fair Trade .
Kalani King (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair in touch, effort on outside approaching last where not fluent, kept on same pace flat, no impression, 4th of 7, 10l behind Virak (10-13) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Kentford Legend .
Shays River (IRE) 9-2 (11-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 3 out, soon weakened, fell 2 out, in a race won by Sergeant Dick (11-1) at Southwell 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (4) hvy in Mar, 7 ran.
The Stout Italian (IRE) 9-4 (11-1) Held up in touch, closed 3 out, went 2nd before next, ridden and hung left approaching last, no impression on winner, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 16, 10l behind Karinga Dancer (11-1) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Imperial Stargazer 25-1 (10-12) Behind, headway 5th, chased leaders 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 12, 19l behind Foster's Road (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Rayvin Black 9-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent 3 out, went 2nd after last, stayed on, unable to trouble winner, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Kuda Huraa (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Paupers Present (IRE) .
Midnight Sequel 15-2 (10-5) Abways behind, weakened 4 out, 7th of 12, 44l behind Foster's Road (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jun.