ROYAL TROOPER was strongly backed ahead of a scheduled engagement last week and with Tony McCoy keeping the faith with the Jim Best inmate, we'll do the same. A five-time winner on the Flat, he takes a chance off a mark of 83 over hurdles having shown limited ability so far. Blazing Desert won a maiden for Alan King, and though unsuccessful for John Quinn, he's been busy on the level for new connections. Carhue Princess has been dropped in the weights but probably needs to come down further to be competitive. Eastwell Smiles ran too badly to be true at Uttoxeter and Sophie Leech's nine-year-old could well have bounced after producing an encouraging effort a few weeks earlier following a long-term absence. Mount Welcome failed to take advantage of a lower rating over hurdles at Uttoxeter and connections try their luck again.
Henry Hurst (IRE) 22-1 (11-12) Mid-division in touch, chased leaders 4 out, ridden after next, stayed on to take 3rd approaching last, no imporession with front pair, 3rd of 11, 13l behind Emerald Glade (10-11) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Eastwell Smiles 11-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, mistake 3rd, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, last of 15, well behind Inside Knowledge (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Carhue Princess (IRE) 22-1 (10-11) Mid-division, hampered 2nd, no impression on leaders 3 out, 6th of 15, 21l behind Lovey Dovey (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) gf.
Blazing Desert 7-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway before 7th, chased leaders before 2 out, one pace, 8th of 13, 37l behind Danceintothelight (11-3) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Pour Changer (FR) 16-1 (10-7) In touch, not fluent 3rd, not fluent and struggling 5th, 7th of 9, 27l behind Fairyinthewind (11-5) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Mount Welcome (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Held up, headway from 5th, hung left after 3 out, lost place after 2 out and pulled up before last, in a race won by Emerald Glade (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun, 13 ran.
Freddy's Star (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) In rear, headway from 3 out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 17, 25l behind Green Lightning (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Royal Trooper (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, well behind 5th, never in contention, tailed off, 7th of 15, well behind Royal Guardsman (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr.
Strong Survivor (USA) 5-1 (12-0) Prom til outpcd 4 out; rallied 2 out; kpt on, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Mr Mackay (12-0) at Whitfield 3m ptp gd in Mar '11.
Rolanta (FR) 25-1 (11-1) Took keen hold in last trio, plugged on from after 3 out, never involved, 5th of 11, 17l behind Planetoid (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Jun.
Sugar Hiccup (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Chased leaders until lost place before 4th, tailed off and pulled up after 5th, in a race won by Uimhir A Seacht (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl (3yo+) (5) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Everkingly 80-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, outpaced before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Planetoid (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Naledi 8-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway and in touch on outside 4th, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, weakened from next, 6th of 11, 33l behind Emerald Glade (10-11) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.