Bringewood Belle looked to be thriving until the wheels have come off the last twice and she's probably best watched until signalling a return to form. Marico is a fair hurdler but has shown nothing in two chasing starts. In contrast MIDNIGHT DIAMOND has been performing with credit between the flags and now comes back to Rules under the care of Tim Vaughan. The yard frequently do well with new inmates first time up and he's the preference over recent scorers Flichity and Cypress Grove. Both are limited but do have the virtue of arriving here in winning form, which is more than can be said for predominantly out-of-form rivals.
Petit Ecuyer (FR) 11-1 (10-13) Towards rear, headway and in touch 10th, chased leaders 12th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Kilcascan (9-13) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Bringewood Belle 10-3fav (10-3) Chased leaders, pushed along before 13th, weakened and pulled up soon after, in a race won by Kilcascan (9-13) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May, 12 ran.
Marico (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, every chance 3 out, led last, headed close home, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind The Kings Assassin (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Midnight Diamond (IRE) 11-2 (12-0) (v) led to 2 & 4 til hdd 12; outpcd 15, 2nd of 5, 15l behind Findlay's Find (12-0) at Gelligaer Farmers 3m ptp gf in May.
Monroe Park (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) With leader, led 3rd, driven 4 lengths ahead after 2 out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Epee Celeste (10-13) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Xenophon 9-2 (9-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, every chance 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Tayarat (11-1) at Market Rasen 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Flichity (IRE) 9-2 (9-9) Tracked leader, jumped slow 1st, led 2nd, pushed along 8 out, pressed from 4 out, found extra run-in, kept on well towards finish, won at Uttoxeter 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May beating Bally Lagan (10-4) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Trifollet 10-1 (9-8) Towards rear, pushed along before 7th, kept on from 2 out, went 4th towards finish, 4th of 9, 6l behind Regal One (11-5) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Cypress Grove (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Led after 1st until 5th, led after 13th, mistake 15th, not fluent last, stayed on, won at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May beating Head Spin (11-0) by 4l, 11 ran.