held up in touch, tracked front pair, after 4 out, led narrowly after next, headed 2 out, ridden and weakened flat
tracked leaders, driven 4 out, soon lost place, weakened next, tailed off
led to 1st, chased leaders, lost place 8th, behind from 11th, tailed off next, soon pulled up
made most from after 1st, driven after 4 out, headed after next, ridden and weakened after 2 out, went right last
in rear, pushed along from after 8th, ridden after 4 out, rallied and close up next, led 2 out, ridden out flat, kept on well
held up in touch, tracked leaders 6th, outpaced 4 out, soon ridden, weakened 2 out
led briefly 1st, pressed leader, pushed along final circuit, outpaced 4 out, rallied and every chance next, ridden 2 out, kept on, no extra flat
Most are given a fair chance with BERMEO the pick. The Farrelly inmate wouldn't want conditions to deteriorate but looked ready to return to chasing after staying on well to gain the minor placing last time over hurdles on first start after a break. Soft ground or worse would be a concern though. Similar comments apply to Our Reward, a brave winner the last day under today's conditional, as practically all his consistent form has been delivered on better ground. Findusatgorcombe has compiled a more than decent record over fences and cannot be discounted whilst West Wizard is rated 22lb lower over fences than hurdles and could be a threat off this mark.
West Wizard (FR) 11-2 (11-12) Mid-division behind clear leaders, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, plugged on in modest 4th from last, 4th of 8, 16 1/4l behind The Kings Baby (12-3) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in May.
Our Reward (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Chased leader, led after 3rd until 3 out, chased leaders, stayed on gamely under pressure run-in, led last strides, won at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp (4) gd in May beating Mister Tickle (11-10) by hd, 5 ran.
Riddlestown (IRE) 13-2 (11-11) Led until 16th, weakening when mistake 3 out, 7th of 8, dist behind Scottshill (11-0) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp (4) gd in May.
Mickieblueeyes (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Led until after 3rd, chased leader until hit 9th, driven and hit next, rallied on inside to lead again 3 out until before next, weakened, blundered last, last of 5, 24 1/4l behind Our Reward (11-11) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp (4) gd in May.
Bermeo (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Mid-division, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, jumped left last, stayed on well, never a threat, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Blue N Yellow (11-9) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp (5) gd in May.
Findusatgorcombe 5-2 (11-2) Chased leader until 11th, challenged 15th, ridden before 3 out, 1 length down flat, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Gamain (11-12) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp (5) gd in Mar.
Velvet Cognac 5-2 (12-5) (bl) (tt) led til hdd last; no ex flat, 2nd of 4, 1 1/2l behind Cheltenham Mati (11-12) at Kingston Blount 3m gd in May.