Bob Keown ran a cracking race in a decent handicap at Punchestown at the beginning of last month. He's climbing the weights but a similar effort here will put him right in the firing-line. Princely Player hasn't really sparkled since returning to hurdles but On The Bridge has been holding his own in better company and has already won three times around here. The handicapper has certainly given Red Not Blue a chance but he hasn't won for a while and isn't getting any younger. FOGGY'S WALL had the returning Victor Leudorum behind when only beaten a short-head by Gores Island at Plumpton. A further step up in trip promises to suit so he is taken to go one better today.
On The Bridge (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division on inner, ridden and no impression before 3 out, 7th of 22, 10l behind Doctor Harper (11-3) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Tornado Bob (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Led to 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Kaysersberg (11-0) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Jan, 4 ran.
Princely Player (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Prominent, mistake 2nd, lost place when not fluent 6th, well beaten from 9th, pecked 2 out, 6th of 11, 20l behind Dragon's Den (10-4) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Blackwell Synergy (FR) 50-1 (11-11) Led until not fluent 4 out, weakened approaching last, 7th of 9, 24l behind Dawn Commander (11-12) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Foggy's Wall (IRE) 2-1fav (10-12) In touch, slow 4th, chased leaders halfway, led approaching 3 out, headed before next, rallied flat, just failed, 2nd of 6, shd behind Gores Island (10-5) at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Massannie (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, lost touch before 5th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Run Ructions Run (10-7) at Newbury 2m 5f mares nov hcp hdl Listed (1) gs in Mar, 13 ran.
Malin Bay (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, lost place after 3rd, ridden and weakened 3 out (normal 6 out), pulled up before last (normal 4 out), in a race won by Ely Brown (10-1) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct, 7 ran.
Victor Leudorum (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 5th of 6, 21l behind Gores Island (10-5) at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Bob Keown (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Rear of mid-division, progress from 3 out, ridden to chase leaders from before last where 3rd, stayed on well run-in, not get to winner, 2nd of 25, nk behind Off The Charts (11-2) at Punchestown 3m in May.
Red Not Blue (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Mid-division, some headway from 9th, stayed on same pace from 3 out, not able to get on terms, 4th of 10, 9l behind Dundee (11-7) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Fade To Grey (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Raced wide, held up in mid-division, headway 6th, chased leaders next, led approaching 3 out, headed last, unable to quicken run-in, lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind First Avenue (11-11) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in May.
Emerald Rose 8-1 (11-12) Close up, disputed 2nd at 9th, ridden next, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 21l behind Rattlin (11-3) at Market Rasen 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.