Royal Scoundrel is improving and got off the mark in a maiden hurdle last month. More is needed here but he should be thereabouts while Ultravox has been placed in three of his last four runs, though the jury is still out over whether he stays this trip. Another Kate wins her share of races but the ground may be a little too soft for the mare today and more interesting is DANCING DUDE. He may have needed last month's run at Uttoxeter and the fact that he's won over 2m4f at Towcester suggests he'll have no problem with the extra half-mile here.
Ultravox (USA) 5-1 (11-12) Held up behind, headway under pressure 3 out, left 5th next, stayed on to take moderate 3rd towards finish, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 13, 30l behind Buachaill Alainn (10-12) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Jul.
Simarian (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) Chased leader, every chance when blundered 2 out, weakened soon after, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Magical Legend (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr '11.
Dancing Dude (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Behind, struggling 6th, some headway under pressure 2 out, kept on approaching last, never nearer, 6th of 17, 23l behind Bobowen (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Royal Scoundrel (IRE) Evensfav (11-0) In touch, went 2nd before 8th, challenged when hit 3 out, led before next, driven clear between last 2, ridden out flat, won at Southwell 3m mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul beating Keltic Crisis (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Another Kate (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, ridden before 2 out, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 19l behind The Mad Robertson (10-10) at Bangor 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gd in Jul.