Party Rock was superbly placed to rattle up a four-timer in the spring but he's 17lb higher than for his last win and will probably struggle to give weight to these. RUACANA is much more interesting as he contested most of the top four-year-old races last season, winning the Grade 1 Finale Hurdle at Chepstow last December. The step up in trip has been overdue and he shouldn't fail through lack of fitness. Moon Dice hasn't won over hurdles for more than two years but Uncle Jimmy went close in a decent handicap at Newton Abbot earlier this month and is preferred to the returning Crowning Jewel and Drum Valley.
Party Rock (IRE) 9-2fav (10-4) Mid-division, closed 3rd, not much room before leading 2 out, edged right after last, ran on well to draw away final 100 yards, readily, won at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd in May beating Smalib Monterg (10-0) by 5l, 17 ran.
Ruacana 10-1 (11-0) Towards rear, mid-division 4 out, ridden before 2 out, weakened last, 6th of 10, 13l behind L'unique (10-7) at Aintree 2m 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Apr.
Moon Dice (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Led and clear, reduced lead from before 4th where a little slow, not entirely fluent 3 out and joined, soon narrow leader again until not fluent 2 out and headed, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 10l behind Captain Cee Bee (11-10) at Tipperary 2m hdl G2 (1) gd.
Crowning Jewel 2-1fav (11-2) Held up, headway 4 out, effort to chase winner 2 out, ridden and kept on flat, held near finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Rumble Of Thunder (10-8) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Apr.
Ruler of All (IRE) 11-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, stayed on flat, not able to challenge, 5th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Tom Wade (10-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Drum Valley 5-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, went left and not fluent 3rd, not fluent 5th, 4th and one pace last, 4th of 17, 14l behind Party Rock (10-4) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Uncle Jimmy (IRE) 7-2 (10-11) Held up in touch, went 4th before 2 out, soon led, headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 6, nk behind Kangaroo Court (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd.
Get Home Now 12-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway before 4 out where mistake, weakened before next, tailed off, 11th of 15, well behind Thomas Crapper (10-9) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs.
Munsaab (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, 6th 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, 6th of 28, 11l behind Abbey Lane (10-8) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-145 hvy in Jan.
Scots Gaelic (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Mid-division on outside, outpaced after 4 out, soon behind, weakened next, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind At Fishers Cross (10-10) at Newbury 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) sft in Dec.
Bright Abbey 5-1 (11-12) Towards rear, headway before 5 out, ridden before 2 out, soon one pace, weakened after last, 4th of 6, 16l behind Maggio (11-7) at Kelso 2m 6f hdl (4) gd.