Eastlake was much improved last season but the handicapper appeared to have his measure at Ayr on his final start. Easier ground is a big concern for Tipperary fourth Boxer Beat while it may also be too soft for Kings Grey but STAGECOACH PEARL ran well on his reappearance at Wetherby. The latter is 2lb higher here but still fairly treated on the best of his form and Jonathan England takes off 5lb. He can get the better of May's Sedgefield winner Ballybriggan and the returning Have You Seen Me. Great Oak and Anay Turge have been hurdling recently.
Kings Grey (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Held up, mistake 5th, never near to challenge, well held when not fluent 2 out, 6th of 9, 32l behind Anquetta (10-8) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-150 (2) gd in May.
Stagecoach Pearl 10-3 (11-7) Led 2nd, led again 4 out, headed 3 out, ridden before last, kept on, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Lucky Landing (11-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Eastlake (IRE) 15-8fav (11-0) Tracked leader, challenged 6th, led before next, headed after 4 out, no impression on winner 2 out, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 4, 6l behind Ulysse Collonges (10-5) at Ayr 2m (3) gs in Apr.
Boxer Beat (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Led and disputed, a bit slow 2nd, headed before straight, no impression from 2 out, dropped to 4th closing stages, 4th of 7, 9l behind Rebel Fitz (11-8) at Tipperary 2m 4f nov chs (1) gd.
Have You Seen Me (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) Led, jumped right, not fluent 4th, hung left after 3 out, headed next, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Pure Faith (11-3) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Great Oak (IRE) 13-8fav (11-3) Held up well in rear, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, driven to challenge before last, soon one pace, 3rd of 8, 14l behind Mini Muck (10-10) at Bangor 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) sft.
Anay Turge (FR) 16-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, stayed on approaching last, not able to get on terms, 5th of 12, 19l behind First In The Queue (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gd.
Ballybriggan (IRE) 10-11fav (11-9) Tracked leader, led 6th, headed 9th, led after next, ridden and clear bypassing omitted last, stayed on well, won at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May beating Monarch's Way (11-3) by 7l, 4 ran.