POW WOW has been shrewdly placed to land a couple of Class 6 events without looking entirely straightforward in doing so, though maybe he's the sort to do just enough. He steps up a grade now but it's probably safest to go along with him until beaten. Conkering Hero, also raised in class, looks a danger on the back of a convincing Lingfield all-weather success which represented a major improvement on previous efforts. Perla Blanca is a possible improver and Pete So High will go well on the best of his form while Tristram looked to be going the right way until bombing out last time.
Pete So High (GER) 9-1 (8-12) Ridden leaving stalls, soon led, headed 2f out, no extra well inside final 100 yards, 5th of 6, 4 1/4l behind Jukebox Jive (9-6) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Tristram 10-1 (9-7) Chased leaders on inside, ridden 2f out, weakened quickly over 1f out, 7th of 8, 19l behind Quloob (9-7) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp (5) gs in Jun.
Pow Wow 4-6fav (9-10) Made all, hard ridden over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp (6) gf in Jun beating Theglasgowwarrior (9-6) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Zoffanist (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) In touch, under pressure over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 4l behind Pow Wow (9-10) at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp (6) gf in Jun.
Conkering Hero (IRE) 10-1 (9-8) Led and set steady pace, narrowly headed 7f out, chased leader, in front again 5f out, came well clear over 2f out, unchallenged, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Jun beating Let's Be Happy (9-8) by 3 1/4l, 10 ran.
Gravity Wave (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, driven along on outside over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 9, 6 1/4l behind African (9-6) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in Jun.
Perla Blanca (USA) 5-1 (9-2) Close up, ridden 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 8, 4 1/4l behind Arab Moon (9-8) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (6) pol in Apr.