Cillian's Well comfortably held off Anton Dolin, a dual course winner here, at Stratford but that’s earned him a penalty and he may not be entirely straightforward. After a victory two weeks ago, JIGSAW FINANCIAL has now won four times here. The 11-year-old has gone up 8lb but Tommy Dowling’s claim is worth 3lb and Laura Young’s veteran may well continue his love affair with the track. Sporty Yankee has disappointed since making a winning debut while Astrum was tailed off on his first run for Phil Middleton. Theo would appreciate any rain on his first start for Richard Newland.
Sporty Yankee (USA) 16-1 (11-5) Held up in mid-division, slow 3rd, closed before next, ridden and outpaced 4 out, well beaten from next, 6th of 9, 37l behind Night Of Sin (11-5) at Warwick 2m (4) sft in Feb.
Astrum 7-2 (11-10) Chased leaders, took keen hold, blundered badly 2nd, in rear and not going that well after, tailed off 2 out, 7th of 11, dist behind Ashoka (11-7) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Vision Des Champs (FR) 20-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led 6th, headed 7th, lost place after 8th, well beaten 4 out, pulled up before last, at Stratford 2m 1f hcp (4) gs in May.
Cillian's Well (IRE) 6-4fav (11-10) Held up in mid-division, headway on outside chasing leaders 5th, led after 2 out, pushed along and clear when swished tail run-in, won at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (5) gf in Jun beating Anton Dolin (11-3) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Theo (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Mid-division, closer in 8th halfway, improved into 2nd and slight mistake 4 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, no extra before last, kept on one pace, 7th of 18, 17 3/4l behind Snugsborough Benny (11-4) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp gd in May.
Jigsaw Financial (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led 5th, ridden and edged right flat, driven out, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Jun beating Sir Dylan (11-11) by nk, 15 ran.
Anton Dolin (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Held up in mid-division, headway chasing leaders approaching 2 out, went 2nd before last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Cillian's Well (11-10) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (5) gf in Jun.