Something was clearly amiss with CASTLE BEACH at Uttoxeter in April. A promising second on his hurdling debut at Ffos Las, he's been given plenty of time to recover and can get off the mark in this getting 9lb from Stratford scorer Falcarragh. Tim Vaughan's charge was proving difficult to win with earlier while the other pair are only likely to figure if an accident befalls the principals.
Falcarragh (IRE) 8-13fav (11-0) Held up in rear, headway halfway, chased leaders over 3f out, led approaching last, stayed on well, won at Stratford 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd beating Ittirad (11-0) by 8l, 11 ran.
Banks Road (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) In rear, driven 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Letsby Avenue (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Trakeur (FR) 25-1 (11-2) Tracked leader and keen left in lead after 6th, headed 8th, soon weakened, 7th of 8, well behind I'm The Article (10-11) at Taunton 3m Amateur Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) (5) gf in May.
Castle Beach (IRE) 11-4fav (10-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened before 3 out, hampered next, tailed off, 7th of 12, 50l behind Tick Tocker (10-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks (5) gd in Apr.