THE LIQUIDATOR should be another winner for the Pipe team if he jumps adequately. He followed up a fourth in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham in March by winning a Grade 1 event at Punchestown and looks set to take high rank among this year's novice crop. Knightly Escapade was difficult to place on the Flat but stays well and will have learned plenty from his third at Sedgefield. Spookydooky wasn't disgraced when fifth at Chepstow and is another likely improver but this looks a tall order for May's Hexham winner Damascus Steel under a penalty while Tourtiere may need more time.
Damascus Steel (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) In touch, went 3rd before 5th, chased leader before 2 out, led last, ridden and pressed run-in, kept on gamely, won at Hexham 2m nov hdl (4) gd in May beating Island Confusion (10-5) by nk, 9 ran.
Cloudy Deal (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway 5 out, weakened 3 out, last of 7, well behind Drop Out Joe (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Coquet Head Evens (12-3) Ap; chall 2 out; no ex app last, 2nd of 4, 3l behind Senor Alco (12-6) at Cumberland 3m ptp sft in May.
Irish By Name (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 13, 44l behind African Gold (11-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Feb.
Knightly Escapade 5-2 (10-12) In touch in 4th, mistake 2nd, went 3rd 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 5, 35l behind Smart Ruler (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Next Hight (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, mistake 5th, not fluent and weakened after 7th, tailed off 3 out, 14th of 18, well behind Same Difference (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov '11.
Politeness (FR) 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway after 4 out, chased leaders approaching 2 out, never able to challenge, 4th of 13, 18l behind Sergeant Mattie (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Quick Brew 200-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Plan Again (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs, 10 ran.
Spookydooky (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd after 4th, mistake 6th, ridden approaching 4 out, lost 2nd approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 11, 10l behind Tijori (10-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
The Liquidator 4-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, headway to lead entering straight, ridden and kept on well from over 1f out, won at Punchestown 2m N H flat (1) sft in Apr beating Gilt Shadow (12-0) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Tourtiere 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, jumped left 2nd, headway before 4 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened flat, 3rd of 13, 15l behind Sergeant Mattie (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Vinstar (FR) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden after 4 out, never on terms, weakened from next, 7th of 14, 36l behind Ballyalton (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Amethyst Rose (IRE) 80-1 (10-2) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division, not fluent 2nd, some headway 3 out, soon well held, 7th of 13, 23l behind Jumbo John (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.