PLAYHARA has been a star of the summer jumps campaign, rattling up a four-timer in less than a month. She scored once for Nicky Henderson before moving on to land a hat-trick for Martin Todhunter. Despite rising no less than 26lb for that quartet of victories, she looked better than ever at Aintree last time and it will be fascinating to see just how much further the King's Theatre mare can progress. Graham Watters maintains the partnership and we'll stick with her one more time. Mr Shantu was a tad disappointing when a beaten favourite at Southwell latest but retains scope for improvement while George Fernbeck has done well since joining Brian Ellison. He stays much further than this and it will be interesting to see if, dropped in trip, he can trouble the in-form top weight.
Mr Shantu (IRE) Evensfav (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway 5 out, led before 2 out, blundered 2 out, soon headed, weakened towards finish, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Sinbad The Sailor (11-10) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.
Super Lunar (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, headway before 7th, ridden before last, one pace, 3rd of 13, 17l behind Slim Pickens (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) gf.
Majestic Mayhem (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) With leader, led after 4th, headed 2 out, weakened before last, 8th of 10, 29l behind Rev Up Ruby (10-7) at Hexham 3m amat hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Lord Usher (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Led narrowly, ridden and headed after 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression from next, 4th of 9, 13l behind Gold Futures (11-12) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in May.
George Fernbeck 11-10fav (11-12) Prominent, led after 2nd, headed 4th, pushed along after 6th, led after next, headed when not fluent last, one pace, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Ilewin For Hannah (10-10) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in May.
Five Rivers (IRE) 28-1 (10-6) Held up in outside, not fluent 4th, hanging left from before 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, 5th of 7, 38l behind Keeneland (11-12) at Kelso 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Weybridge Light 10-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, ridden after next, beaten when not much room last, 7th of 11, 15l behind Rolling Dough (10-11) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
I'll Be Frank 20-1 (11-3) Behind, headway 4 out, chased leaders after next, hit 2 out, weakened flat, 4th of 12, 18l behind Clues And Arrows (10-10) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Playhara (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, niggled along before 3 out, led when hit 2 out, clear from last, stayed on well, won at Aintree 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd beating The Road Ahead (11-2) by 7l, 6 ran.