ON THE BRIDGE is difficult to oppose in his current mood. He's won both starts over hurdles since returning from a break with plenty in hand and proved just as effective over fences last year. Synthe Davis won over the bigger obstacles at Fontwell for the first time, finishing a long way ahead of Wester Ross, and AP McCoy keeps the partnership intact. The mare can build on that while Atlanta Falcon also has some scope after just two runs over fences. Spock won over track and trip last year but is taking time to get going this summer while Back Bob Back races for the first time since March and would have preferred softer ground.
On The Bridge (IRE) 5-2fav (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders before 3 out, led before 2 out, ran on well run-in, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd beating One Lucky Lady (11-7) by 8l, 13 ran.
Spock (FR) 20-1 (11-7) Prominent and keen, weakened from 2 out, 5th of 8, 22l behind Well Hello There (11-5) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Jun.
Back Bob Back (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Chased winner, lost 2nd briefly at 8th, lost 2nd 12th, blundered 4 out, lost 3rd next, weakened soon after, 4th of 8, 31l behind Arctic Ben (11-8) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Atlanta Falcon (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders on inside, mistake 14th, every chance 4 out, mistake last, no extra flat, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Cardigan Island (11-4) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Synthe Davis (FR) 5-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 4 out, challenged next, led 2 out, kept on well run-in, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jun beating Try Catch Me (10-3) by 8l, 7 ran.
Wester Ross (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 5 out, outpaced 4 out, plugged on to take 4th before 2 out, no impression, 4th of 7, 43l behind Synthe Davis (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.