Katie Gale seems better over further nowadays as when scoring over 2m here in January. That also looks the case for High Command, narrowly beaten over 2m at the track last time but finishing behind third-placed Seasearch over course and distance before that. The latter hasn’t been at his best since scoring here earlier in the year but COUNTRY‘N’WESTERN returns to 1m6f for the first time since December’s victory over track and trip. Robert Eddery’s charge may come good again today. Aphaea has won a point-to-point since last seen on the Flat and Discay last raced in this code in 2016.
Discay 15-2 (11-12) In touch, hit 5th, lost place after next, rallied to chase leaders after 3 out, mistake next, kept on under pressure, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Big Difference (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 7f hcp (4) gs in Mar.
Country'n'western (FR) 4-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 3 3/4l behind Seinesational (9-9) at Wolverhampton 2m 1f hcp (4) pol in Apr.
Blame Me Forever (USA) 16-1 (10-6) Raced keenly, mid-division, driven and lost place after 4 out, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 12, dist behind Loveherandleaveher (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 5f mdn (4) gd in Feb.
Aphaea 1-2fav (10-3) Drpd rr 6; str run flat; just failed, 2nd of 6, shd behind Six A Side (12-7) at Sheriff Hutton 3m gd in Mar.
Katie Gale 20-1 (9-8) Close up, outpaced over 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 5l behind Tynecastle Park (9-7) at Southwell 2m hcp (6) pol in Mar.
Seasearch 11-4jfav (9-5) Well in rear, ridden and headway entering final 2f, kept on one pace, nearest finish, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Greenview Paradise (8-3) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp (6) pol in Apr.
High Command (IRE) 9-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Champarisi (8-13) at Southwell 2m hcp (4) pol in Apr.