KHANMURJAN still hasn’t been asked for maximum effort when falling in a handicap here earlier in the month and this is less competitive. Estepona Sun has placed three times in seven hurdle starts and Corran Cross is another Irish raider with decent claims while Art Man didn’t do a lot wrong having a first run for Fergal O’Brien at Huntingdon and improvement is almost guaranteed.
Corran Cross (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Chased leader, keen hold to dispute before 5th, slight mistake 5th, led 2 out, soon joined, ridden and headed before last, no extra, 6th of 16, 26 1/2l behind Daicheadacuig (11-6) at Kilbeggan 2m 2f mdn gd in Jun.
Deerfoot 66-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, mistake and lost place 2nd, well beaten before final bend, pulled up before last, at Hexham 2m hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Hardies Hill 400-1 (10-13) Towards rear, mistake 1st, not fluent 2nd, lost touch 5th, tailed off before 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, at Kelso 2m (3) gd in May.
Khanmurjan (USA) 6-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, fell 3 out, at Perth 2m hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Scots Sonnet 125-1 (10-13) In rear, ridden and some headway after 3 out, faded from last, 8th of 13, 23 3/4l behind Charcor (10-13) at Kelso 2m (3) gd in May.
Art Man (FR) 13-2 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden and headway before 2 out, kept on without threatening first 2, 3rd of 13, 15 3/4l behind Robin's Dream (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m mdn (4) gd in May.
Estepona Sun 10-3jfav (11-9) Held up in mid-division, progress in 5th after 3 out, ridden to challenge on outer 2 out, under pressure in 3rd before last where slight mistake, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 3 1/4l behind Craic Eile (11-4) at Tramore 2m 1f mdn Good - Yielding in Jun.
Willy Nilly (IRE) 50-1 (9-6) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 7 1/2l behind Arranmore (9-3) at Carlisle 1m hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Tara Kay 12-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 17 3/4l behind Dagian (11-4) at Newcastle 2m (5) pol in Feb.
Ceejaythedeejay (IRE) 150-1 (12-0) Waited with towards rear, some slight mistakes, kept on same pace without threatening from after 4 out, 12th of 18, dist behind Pipers Meadow (12-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn Good - Yielding in May.