A competitive bumper, despite the small field. Country'n'western won at Carlisle at the end of 2015 but was well beaten under a penalty at Market Rasen in April. Mac Tottie ran well for a long way here at the start of the month and Tis What It Is was favourite when third on debut at Ffos Las but Nuclear was beaten a long way when second at Warwick. Nicky Henderson sets a poser with a couple of newcomers. The Milan gelding Malton Rose is a half-brother to three winning jumpers but KINGS RYDE has a superb NH pedigree being by King’s Theatre out of a useful bumper/hurdler. He may be destined for better things and Hugo Hunt takes off a valuable 7lb today.
Country'n'western (FR) 9-2 (11-7) In rear, lost place over 3f out, 5th of 10, 19 3/4l behind Settie Hill (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f (6) gd in Apr.
Kings Ryde King's Theatre gelding out of Ryde Back.
Malton Rose (IRE) Milan gelding out of Pharney Fox.
Mac Tottie 3-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, challenged 5f out, led narrowly 3f out, headed over 1f out, no extra and lost 3rd close home, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Mcnamaras Band (10-11) at Worcester 2m (6) gd in Jun.
Nuclear (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) In rear and in touch, pushed along over 5f out, plugged on to chase winner over 1f out, never dangerous, 2nd of 4, dist behind Mon Port (11-2) at Warwick 2m (4) gd in May.
Tis What It Is (IRE) 7-4fav (10-12) Led, headed 6f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 3 3/4l behind Eat My Dirt (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m (5) gs in May.