King's Grace has won his last two at Bangor but has never been successful in this grade and is rocketing up the weights. Highway Code is still 7lb higher than when scoring at Newbury in November but still looks better treated than Zaru, back over fences after scoring over hurdles at Kelso last time over a longer trip. NO SUBSTITUTE looked like making a winning start over fences at Plumpton last month but was mugged after jumping the last in front. There is more to come from Alan King's charge and he can land this as Titchwood just appears to have lost his way a little.
King's Grace 3-1 (11-12) Jumped slightly right at times, pressed leader, not fluent 2nd, led 4th, not fluent 7th, headed 8th, led 4 out, ridden and headed after 3 out, led last, stayed on, won at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs in Apr beating Swaledale Lad (10-9) by 1 1/4l, 4 ran.
Highway Code (USA) 8-1 (11-11) Held up in last pair, hampered 3rd, headway 10th, chased leaders 13th, went 2nd before 4 out until 2 out, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Stonethrower (10-9) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Zaru (FR) 4-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, led after 2nd, pressed when not fluent 3 out or last, driven flat, held on well, won at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr beating Embsay Crag (10-8) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Titchwood (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Held up in touch, hampered by loose horse before 6th, blundered 8th, headway when blundered 11th, 4th soon after, soon ridden and no chance with leading trio, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Beforeall (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Apr, 8 ran.
No Substitute (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, led before 2 out, ridden and headed after last, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Suerte Al Salto (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Apr.
Kauto Relko (FR) 9-2 (11-0) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 6l behind Representingceltic (10-4) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan '13.
That's The Deal (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Prominent, joined leader 7th, lost place after 9th, pulled up before 11th, in a race won by Daliance (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Apr, 7 ran.