Former Ballydoyle inmate Banyan Tree has joined Rebecca Curtis having shown some promise in a couple of starts over timber in Ireland. He is certainly one for the short-lists here while Spirit Is Needed has been knocking on the door in similar company and dropped back to 2m having been found wanting over further in his last two starts. Maadraa has disappointed since finishing second at Newton Abbot in March, however, and lacks the scope of THE WINGED ASSASIN. Successful three times on the level up to 1m1f, he dispelled any stamina doubts with a strong showing in a better contest over C&D on his hurdling debut and doesn't need to improve on that to score here.
Broad Meaning 33-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra 2f out, weakened, 12th of 14, 14l behind Mount Athos (9-12) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 60-100 pol in Apr (flat).
Castle Legend 100-1 (10-12) Always in rear, tailed off 3rd, 15th of 16, well behind All The Winds (10-12) at Worcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Dear Maurice 9-4fav (8-10) Took keen hold, held up in last trio, headway over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, soon no impression, 6th of 8, 5l behind Efistorm (9-8) at Windsor 6f sell stks (6) gd in Jun (flat).
Maadraa (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, chased winner before 3 out, ridden and weakened when mistake and lost 2nd place 2 out, 4th of 5, 37l behind Art Broker (10-5) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Mega Watt (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) In touch in mid-division, lost place when blundered 5th, struggling after, 9th of 14, 28l behind Shalambar (10-13) at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.
Mulaazem 8-1 (10-12) Chased leader until 2 out, soon driven and weakened before next, lost modest 4th towards finish, 5th of 10, 9l behind Osmosia (11-6) at Hereford 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Munich (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, struggling after 5th, 8th of 14, 33l behind Comehomequietly (10-7) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul '10.
Shadow's Gold (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden after 5th, weakened 3 out, 11th of 13, well behind Miss Tenacious (9-11) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Spirit Is Needed (IRE) 6-5fav (11-0) Held up in rear, bumped 1st, not fluent 6th, headway after next, chased winner before 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Baraathen (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gf in Jun.
The Winged Assasin (USA) 14-1 (10-12) Held up in touch towards rear, pushed along after 5th, headway 2 out, went 2nd flat, ran on, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Ixora (10-12) at Worcester 2m hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Banyan Tree (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Prominent, 3rd before 3 out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 5th of 18, 3l behind Scottish Boogie (11-7) at Killarney 2m 1f 4yo mdn hdl gs in May.
Minortransgression (USA) 28-1 (10-12) Led and keen, raced wide, headed 2nd, jumped slow and lost place 4 out, 5th of 6, well behind Local Hero (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Poor Prince 40-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, tailed off when pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Peadar Miguel (10-4) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Jun, 14 ran.
Wonderful Cadence 66-1 (10-6) Towards rear, headway on inside over 3f out, one pace final 2f, 6th of 11, 17l behind Tara Rose (10-13) at Worcester 2m mares n h flat (6) gf in Jun.