prominent, lost place 10th, well beaten after 12th, plugged on from 2 out, went 4th last
mid-division, took keen hold, headway on outside 10th, hanging left and no impression before 3 out, well beaten from next
led until 2nd, led 9th, headed and not fluent 12th, weakened from 2 out
mid-division, headway 4th, led when hit 12th, headed when mistake last, no impression on winner flat
mid-division, took keen hold, headway 4th, went 3rd from 2 out, well held before last
slithered badly on landing 1st and soon pulled up
held up towards rear, headway going well 12th, switched left and went 2nd 3 out, switched right before next, led approaching last, clear flat, easily
mid-division, slow and lost place 3rd, not much room when mistake 5th, not fluent 10th, well behind from 12th
led 2nd, not fluent 6th, not fluent and headed 9th, hit next, beginning to lose place when fell 4 out
tracked leaders, mistake and lost place 3rd, slow and reminders 5th, mistake 9th, struggling when slow 11th, well behind next, pulled up before 3 out
held up in rear, some headway 4 out, disputing modest 4th after 2 out, no impression
Martiloo was in good form here and at Ayr in May and appeared to find 3m too far on his final start before his summer break. Romain De Senam was returning from a break when fourth at Market Rasen last month and will strip fitter here. He makes more appeal than stable companion Warriors Tale at the weights. Kauto Riko boasts an excellent strike-rate and can be forgiven his run in a Grade 1 here in April, though connections will be praying for rain. Some Invitation is probably better than he’s shown so far but similar comments can be attached to HELL’S KITCHEN (NAP), who gave the useful Mister Whitaker 12lb and a beating at Kempton last season and could be a force to be reckoned with this winter if he can sort out his jumping. War Sound has squandered easier opportunities in the past but it would be no surprise to see him make the frame again.
Warriors Tale 33-1 (10-12) In touch, hampered 15th (chair), mid-division after, hampered 22nd (2nd foinavon), weakened 24th (2nd valentines), tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, at Aintree 4m 2f hcp (1) hvy in Apr.
Hell's Kitchen 9-2fav (11-1) Chased leaders, not fluent 4 out, pulled up approaching 2 out, at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp sft in Feb.
Mercian Prince (IRE) 18-1 (11-11) With leader, effort 4 out, ridden and one pace after next, soon lost place, no impression after, 5th of 12, 13 1/2l behind Value At Risk (10-11) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp lst (1) gd in Apr.
King's Odyssey (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) In touch, pressed leader 5 out, every chance 2 out, one pace last, ridden and no impression with front pair flat, 3rd of 22, 6 3/4l behind The Storyteller (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (1) sft in Mar.
Romain De Senam (FR) 5-2fav (11-0) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on same pace approaching last, 4th of 7, 5 3/4l behind Royal Village (10-4) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Kauto Riko (FR) 25-1 (11-4) Always well behind, 5th of 6, 32 3/4l behind Diego Du Charmil (11-4) at Aintree 2m (1) sft in Apr.
War Sound 9-4fav (11-6) Held up, headway on outside into 2nd going well 3 out, hit next, soon held, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Silverhow (10-11) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (2) gs in Apr.
Captain Chaos (IRE) 18-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, lost place before not fluent 11th, well behind 16th, 14th of 16, dist behind Relentless Dreamer (10-3) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Candy Burg (FR) 15-8fav (11-4) Made all, mistake 9th, ridden after 2 out, ran on well, won at Ffos Las 2m 3f (4) gs in Oct beating Tornado In Milan (11-9) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Some Invitation (IRE) 13-2fav (10-9) Tracked leaders on outside, lost place before 4th, closed 6th, not fluent next, pushed along when mistake 10th, so0n weakened, tailed off, last of 17, dist behind Drumcliff (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (2) gd in May.
Martiloo (FR) 3-1fav (10-2) Mid-division, headway 8th, tracked front pair before 5 out, ridden and one pace after last, kept on flat, held when lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 11, 4 1/4l behind Henllan Harri (10-7) at Perth 3m hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Bouvreuil (FR) 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next, at Aintree 2m 5f hcp (1) hvy in Apr.