TILLIETUDLEM scored in a higher grade over today's trip at Catterick in June and is only 2lb higher today. This won't take much winning and Jim Goldie's charge can return to winning ways. Stablemate Circus Clown has improved over hurdles this year and is not without a chance back on the level, while Terenzium arrives in fine fettle though all three wins on the Flat have been off the same mark and he's 5lb higher today. Ancient Times showed a bit of improvement at Catterick recently but the remainder have no recent form to recommend them.
Tillietudlem (FR) 5-1 (9-10) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd after 4f until 8f out, ridden and lost place over 2f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Mason Hindmarsh (9-12) at Newcastle 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Morning Time (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Held up in touch, chased leaders over 4f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 4th of 11, 9l behind Jewelled Dagger (11-6) at Musselburgh 1m 5f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf in Jul.
Terenzium (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, soon in rear, pushed along and outpaced from 4f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, went 2nd near finish, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Jewelled Dagger (9-7) at Ayr 1m 5f app hcp (6) gf in Jul.
Clueless 20-1 (9-5) Held up mid-division, lost place over 5f out, 9th of 13, 22l behind Soprano (9-8) at Carlisle 2m 1f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Ancient Times (USA) 10-1 (8-5) Held up towards rear, hampered on stable bend after about 3f, took keen hold, headway over 2f out, kept on, no impression, 5th of 11, 6l behind Amir Pasha (9-4) at Catterick 1m 4f app hcp (6) sft in Jul.
Birkside 16-1 (9-12) Dwelt, behind, some late headway, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 25l behind Jewelled Dagger (11-6) at Musselburgh 1m 5f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gf in Jul.
Circus Clown (IRE) 22-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, ridden over 4f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 11l behind Arty Crafty (8-11) at Hamilton 1m 3f app hcp (6) gd in Sep '09.
Ballade de La Mer 9-1 (8-7) Awkward leaving stalls tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 23l behind Blazing Buck (8-9) at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.