BALLYBRIGGAN is a previous winner but had that Doncaster victory chalked off after he was found to have a banned substance in his post race urine test. While that was an obvious disappointment to all concerned, the silver lining is that he is effectively able to take in an easier return to the racecourse rather than the route of handicapping that he would have had to do. He was outclassed in a high quality race at the National meeting but there should be more to come. Dhaular Dhar was a decent stick on the Flat and the entire should have no fitness issues having been busy on the level of late. Kaolak looked to lose his way during the summer and while some may see this as a sign of desperation, he did possess a decent cruising speed. Mediolanum won a Killarney bumper prior to joining current connections and he could be anything. Scoter Fontaine won a bumper at Hereford by 17 lengths and Tony McCoy remains aboard.
Andhaar 15-8fav (10-9) Took keen hold, led before 2nd where went left and jumped slowly, headed next, soon led again, jumped slowly 4th, mistake 3 out, headed when not fluent last, no extra towards finish, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Rubipresent (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Art Broker (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 6th 3f out, soon no extra, 14th of 15, 12l behind Barring Decree (9-10) at Curragh 1m 2f hcp 60-90 gf in May (flat).
Ballybriggan (IRE) 17-2 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway on inner approaching 3 out, kept on from next, 5th of 21, 9l behind Dee Ee Williams (11-12) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Barrie Burn (IRE) 17-2 (10-12) Always in rear, 7th of 10, well behind Silviniaco Conti (11-3) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (3) gd.
Ben Chorley 13-2 (9-2) Soon led, driven 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon ridden and lost place, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 18l behind Thin Red Line (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in May (flat).
Cygnet 5-1 (11-0) Mid-division, hit 2nd, headway 5th, weakened after 2 out, 5th of 13, 42l behind Rhum (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (4) hvy.
Dhaular Dhar (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, led 3 out, headed 2 out, ridden approaching last, stayed on flat, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Farleigh House (10-7) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Echo Dancer 20-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway after 3rd, went 2nd next until after 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 13, 46l behind Rhum (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (4) hvy.
Jaques Vert (FR) 14-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, weakened over 3f out, 8th of 12, 43l behind Sprinter Sacre (11-4) at Ayr 2m NH flat (4) gd in Apr.
Kaolak (USA) 33-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, pushed along 4f out, dropped to 3rd inside final 3f, ridden over 2f out, lost well held 3rd entering final furlong, weakened, last of 7, 8l behind Verdant (8-10) at Sandown 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul (flat).
Latin Connection (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Towards rear, some headway into 8th 3 out, went 6th after next, moderate 5th when slipped up after jumping last, in a race won by Wee Giant (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 2f 4yo mdn hdl gd in Sep, 15 ran.
Mediolanum (IRE) 9-2 (12-0) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th 4f out, ridden to challenge in 2nd from over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead close home, won at Killarney 2m 1f N H flat gd in May beating Takeyourcapoff (11-2) by 1l, 18 ran.
Pamoja 6-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, hampered 8f out, headway over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 10th of 15, 35l behind Royal Swain (11-1) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (5) gd in Mar.
Scoter Fontaine (FR) 2-5fav (10-12) Tracked leader, led 6f out, driven when hung badly left 3f out, ridden 2f out, drew clear from over 1f out, comfortably, won at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Apr beating Edlomond (10-9) by 16l, 9 ran.
Solway Flight 50-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, ridden approaching 3 out, kept on from next, no impression, 3rd of 12, 13l behind Master Fong (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Apr.
Steel Edge (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Prominent, chased leading pair well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 16l behind Sir Frank (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf in Apr.
Well Hello There (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Bird Of Passage.
Why So Serious 66-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden over 5f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Lovey Dovey (11-1) at Hexham 2m NH flat (6) gs in Jun.