Dr Newland knows how to place his horses so it's significant that he sends JAYO TIME over fences for the first time on the mark of a plating-class hurdler. He's won two sellers over timber recently so arrives in top form and will have been given plenty of schooling. Noble Friend has won four of his last five over fences and wasn't beaten far in the other. He's up 8lb from his Stratford victory but it will be a surprise if he's not involved in the finish. Mont Royale is another making his debut over fences but has to race from a 17lb higher mark than his latest victory over hurdles at Southwell and that could prove beyond him. Double Handful jumps and stays well and hasn't been beaten far over longer trips recently. He won't mind dropping back in trip and should go well.
Mont Royale 9-2fav (11-10) Led, quickened approaching omitted 3 out, soon ridden, hard pressed approaching omitted last, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Just A Normal Day (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp (4) gf in Jun.
Noble Friend (IRE) 11-4fav (10-12) Behind, headway 10th, went 2nd 3 out, led last, kept on well, won at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (3) gd in Jun beating Domtaline (11-7) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Sureness (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Held up, not fluent 5th, last next, well beaten 3 out, 7th of 8, dist behind Ittirad (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (3) gd in Jun.
Lord Grantham (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, headed last, no extra run-in, 4th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Sail And Return (11-9) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Double Handful (GER) 10-1 (11-4) Towards rear, headway before 10th to track leaders, led before 3 out, headed last, kept on, 2nd of 8, 3 3/4l behind Greenlaw (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Jayo Time (IRE) 1-3fav (10-12) Raced wide chasing leaders, 2nd travelling well 5th, led 3 out, 4 lengths ahead last, idled badly run-in, just held on, won at Worcester 2m (5) gd in Jul beating Regal One (10-12) by shd, 7 ran.
Flash Tommie (IRE) 5-1 (10-8) Led, headed 10th, mistake 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (3) gd in Jun.
Tangolan (IRE) 4-1fav (11-12) Took keen hold tracking leaders on inside, pushed along and outpaced approaching 3 out, weakened well before next, 7th of 10, 21l behind Politeness (11-10) at Perth 2m hcp (4) gd in Jul.