RALLY THE TROOPS was disappointing at Uttoxeter but having been off the course for almost two years before that reappearance, we'll take him to confirm some of the promise that he showed in a Wincanton bumper. God's County is tried in headgear having struggled at Hexham. A four-time winner on the Flat, he has placed on six of his hurdling starts so far. Billfromthebar won a Sedgefield bumper in May and is stepped up in trip having disappointed in two subsequent runs over hurdles. Prime Location gets his first experience of racing on fast ground while Rockingtimes was the subject of market confidence ahead of his debut under Rules for Henry Oliver, and could be capable of improving upon that modest performance.
Billfromthebar (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Led until 5th, chased leader until 3 out, 3rd and one pace next, 3rd of 11, 24l behind Letsby Avenue (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun.
Castle View (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Ww, gd prog from 5out, prog to ld 3out row, won at Rathmorrissey 3m ire ptp sft in Mar beating Money For Jam (11-4) by 8l, 10 ran.
God's County (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, well behind Howwoulduno (10-12) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Inthelineoffire (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) (tt) prom til wknd 9; pu 11, in a race won by Bang On Trend (12-0) at Ystrad Taf Fechan 3m ptp gs in Apr, 7 ran.
Prime Location 11-10fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, niggled along after 8th, ridden when not fluent 3 out, soon beaten, weakened before next, 4th of 5, 25l behind Promised Wings (11-8) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar.
Rally The Troops (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Mid-division, not fluent 3rd, headway after 6th, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 7th of 11, well behind Letsby Avenue (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun.
Rockingtimes (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden after 5 out, soon lost place, 7th of 11, well behind Separate Shadows (10-12) at Worcester 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
West End Classic (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, effort after 4 out, plugged on one pace from 3 out, no impression, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Divine Folly (10-10) at Worcester 2m 4f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Whispering Boy (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Mid-division, went 2nd before 6 out, pushed along and weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind My Lucky Flame (10-2) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd.