It's interesting that Harry Skelton has chosen to ride Popaflora in this as he could probably have done the weight on Hinton Indiana, who was second over track and trip in May, though the latter is racing from 5lb out of the handicap. So is Minella Bliss but top weight Strumble Head is better than he showed at Ffos Las last month and Mission Complete responded to a typically forceful McCoy ride to get the better of Cruising Bye over course and distance on his latest start. He's 5lb higher but can't be ignored. GREEN BANK is back in the right grade after getting outpaced at Aintree. Ryan Hatch's claim can see him back in the winner's circle for the time since August last year.
Strumble Head (IRE) 9-2 (11-6) Led, headed after 5 out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 44l behind Carloswayback (11-2) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Jun.
Green Bank (IRE) 3-1fav (10-12) Led until 4th, tracked leaders, ridden and one pace from 3 out, no extra flat, 4th of 10, 19l behind Double Whammy (10-2) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Mission Complete (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Mid-division, jumped left 7th, closed 10th, not fluent 12th, reminder next, switched right before last where not fluent, led flat, driven out, won at Worcester 2m 7f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Jun beating Cruising Bye (10-12) by nk, 14 ran.
Jacks Grey 20-1 (11-6) Pressed leader until before 2nd, led 4th, headed 9th, weakened before 4 out, hit next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Forever My Friend (11-12) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun, 12 ran.
Popaflora 5-4fav (11-11) With leader, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 23l behind Nomadic Storm (11-5) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in Jun.
Quinsman 28-1 (10-13) Led, headed before 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, 6th of 8, 21l behind Sinbad The Sailor (11-10) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Ladfromhighworth 9-2 (10-10) Bumped 1st, led when not fluent next, soon headed, close up when mistake and unseated rider 9th, in a race won by Rockchasebullett (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun, 10 ran.
Cock Of The Rock (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway 6 out, blundered 14th, soon reminders, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 40l behind Best Boy Barney (11-8) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
King Cyrus (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Chased leading trio, pushed along and outpaced after 8th, losing place when slightly hampered next, never on terms after, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Neverownup (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Minella Bliss (IRE) 5-1 (12-7) Outpcd 20; no hdwy 3 out, 3rd of 6, 9l behind My Lil Ledge (11-11) at Radnor & West Hereford 4m ptp gd in May.
Hinton Indiana 3-1 (10-5) Led until 3rd, led 5th, headed 8th, not fluent 5 out, 3rd and beaten 2 out, left 2nd last, plugged on, no impression, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Market Option (11-11) at Fontwell 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.