Floral Bouquet has been returned to hurdles despite landing a couple of chase successes in the spring and seems sure to run her race. Gavrocheka scored nicely at Ffos Las on his penultimate outing but really disappointed last time and the jury is out for now. The same comments apply to The Wicket Chicken, although his failure last time came when tailed off around the idiosyncrasies of Cartmel, for which he's forgiven. Sa Alors remains a maiden but has only had five starts and shaped much better the last day but JUST ONCE, who didn't run too badly on chasing debut this month, should relish this return to timber and looks feasibly treated receiving weight all round.
The Wicket Chicken (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Led, jumped slowly at times, reminder after 7th and before 4 out, headed 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 5, dist behind Oksana (10-12) at Cartmel 3m 1f hcp (3) gd in May.
Sa Alors (FR) 20-1 (10-7) Chased leaders on outside, went 2nd 7th, no impression on winner 2 out, lost 2nd flat, kept on, 3rd of 4, 2 1/2l behind As High Say (11-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Jul.
Just Once 11-2 (10-12) Chased clear leader until 7th, no impression 3 out, went 3rd and kept on after last, 3rd of 6, 9 1/4l behind Kiera Royale (10-2) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Floral Bouquet 85-40 (11-5) Jumped left at times, tracked leader until after 8th, handy 3rd, led after 3 out, joined next, ridden and headed between last 2, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 5 1/2l behind The Distant Lady (11-12) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp (4) gs in Jun.
Gavrocheka (FR) 15-8 (11-9) Raced keenly, chased winner until before 7th, outpaced before next, soon weakened, last of 4, 23 1/2l behind As High Say (11-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Jul.