chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong
held up towards rear but in touch, headway over 2f out, staying on into 2nd when wandered under pressure inside final furlong, never reached winner
chased leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out
slowly into stride, held up in touch on inside, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on strongly
led until over 2f out, soon rallied, weakened approaching final furlong
held up in rear, headway over 1f out, kept on into 4th, never a threat
tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace closing stages
ECHO landed a double over 1m2f at Newcastle before stepping up to 2m and beating Divin Bere at Redcar. Today’s intermediate trip shouldn’t be a problem and Jedd O’Keeffe’s charge gets the vote. Angel Gabrial found only one too good over today’s trip at Wolverhampton last time, though this is tougher, while Airplane gave notice of a return to form with a third over 1m4f at Pontefract and can figure. Big Time Dancer has shown good progress over hurdles and returns to the level on a winning mark having won three times on the Flat in the past.
Jumping Cats 5-1 (9-6) Behind, under pressure over 3f out, soon beaten, 6th of 8, 12l behind Houlton (9-6) at Chelmsford City 1m 6f hcp (5) pol in Apr.
Echo (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Mid-division, smooth headway over 3f out, challenged over 2f out, led narrowly inside final 2f, kept on well towards finish, won at Redcar 2m hcp (6) gf in Apr beating Divin Bere (10-2) by 1l, 9 ran.
Divin Bere (FR) 9-2 (9-3) Led 1f, tracked leader, led again over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Grey Mist (9-3) at Ripon 2m hcp (5) gs in May.
Swordbill 16-1 (9-3) Mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 12, 23 1/2l behind Nuits St Georges (9-6) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp (5) sft in May.
Airplane (IRE) 22-1 (8-13) Led, joined 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Champagne Rules (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp (5) gf in May.
Big Time Dancer (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th or 5th, in touch when mistake 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 28 3/4l behind Irish Roe (11-4) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp (2) gd in May.
Angel Gabrial (IRE) 40-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, led 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 13, 3 3/4l behind Hussar Ballad (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (6) pol in May.