As expected, the step up in trip saw IT IS WHAT IT IS in a much better light at Ffos Las last week. He looks more than capable of defying his penalty against these as he has a lot more scope than Kilcascan, unraced since scoring at Bangor in May off a 5lb lower mark. We may not yet have seen the best of Church Bray, however, while Simply Charles was placed a couple of times in the spring. State Department has been placed in a bumper and a hurdle race but has yet to show anything over fences.
It Is What It Is (IRE) 2-1fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 6 out to chase leaders, led before 2 out, kept on well, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gd beating Milly Malone (10-3) by 2l, 7 ran.
State Department 7-1 (11-7) Behind, driven to chase leaders before 4 out, outpaced when blundered next, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Moulin De La Croix (11-5) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul, 10 ran.
Simply Charles (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, outpaced before 5 out, in 4th beore last, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 10, 16l behind Playing The Field (11-9) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in May.
Kilcascan 12-1 (9-13) Chased leader, left in lead and swerved left to avoid faller and rider unbalanced 10th, driven and stayed on well from last, won at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May beating Taffy Thomas (11-8) by 1l, 12 ran.
Church Bray 11-4fav (10-9) Tracked leader until 6 out, ridden after 4 out, in 3rd when mistake 3 out, no extra and lost 3rd place towards finish, 4th of 7, 13l behind Johnnys Legacy (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf.