tracked leaders, led before 5th, headed before 3 out, one pace and no impression before 2 out
tracked leaders, headway before 8th, led before 3 out, clear before 2 out, very easily
held up in rear and keen, weakened before 4 out
led, headed before 5th, reminder after 7th, weakened after 8th, pulled up after 4 out
tracked leaders, ridden and weakened before 2 out
Collateral bumper form suggests recent easy course winner ZEROESHADESOFGREY should have the beating of Relentless Dreamer, who found Grade 2 company too hot at Cheltenham last time having looked useful when winning on his hurdling debut at Chepstow. The step up in trip should suit St Johns Point but he'll need to jump better today than he has done so far. Devenish Island was second at Wetherby in May but well beaten over today's trip on his reappearance at Hexham.
Relentless Dreamer (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, weakened from 4 out, 5th of 8, 27l behind Blaklion (11-4) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Oct.
Zeroeshadesofgrey (IRE) 10-11fav (10-11) Tracked leading trio, slightly lost place 5th, rallied 7th, 2nd soon after, led 3 out, clear before next, very easily, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy beating Dancing Shadow (11-0) by 20l, 6 ran.
Blue Cove 20-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, pushed along before 5 out, soon weakened, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Dais Return (11-0) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May, 14 ran.
Smart Music 80-1 (10-12) Towards rear, ridden before 4th, soon behind, pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Come On Laurie (11-5) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd, 10 ran.
St Johns Point (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) With leader, not fluent 1st, led before 2nd, soon headed, lost place 3rd, headway when hit 7th, one pace 3 out, 2nd briefly when mistake last, no impression on winner, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Come On Laurie (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Devenish Island 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders on outside, switched inside 6th, reminders before 4 out, lost 3rd and weakened 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Bop Along (11-4) at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (3) gd in Jun.