Hold Court is progressing well but is burdened with a double penalty for landing a recent double at Ludlow. He has to concede a stone in weight to hurdling debutant WHISPER in this and that could prove beyond him. The latter won a bumper at this track in April and will be fancied to enhance his yard's excellent strike rate at the course if coming here rather than Towcester. Accordingtopalm is another carrying a penalty after last week's shock win over 2m here and The Jugopolist makes more appeal on his recent third at Taunton.
Hold Court (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Tracked leaders, challenging when not fluent 3 out, went right and led last, driven out, won at Ludlow 2m 5f hdl (3) gd in Nov beating Enter Paradise (10-4) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Accordingtopalm (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, driven to challenge 2 out, led last, stayed on well, won at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy beating Enchanting Smile (10-5) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Tenby Jewel (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 3rd 3 out, ridden before next, no extra in 4th when went right and mistake last, 4th of 11, 19l behind Sammys Gone (10-12) at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
In The Post (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) In touch in mid-division, pushed along after 3 out, weakened and went left next, 8th of 14, well behind Midnight Prayer (11-0) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Lucky Sun 100-1 (10-5) Towards rear when stumbled 1st, rider lost iron and pulled up before 2nd, in a race won by Oscatara (10-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft, 18 ran.
Lydstep Hills 33-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Two Rockers (11-5) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Pennant Dancer 100-1 (10-9) Went badly right 1st, in rear, not fluent 3rd, mistake and hampered 7th, well behind 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Mythical Warrior (11-0) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf in Jun.
Shanks A Lot 66-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, lost place halfway, soon behind, tailed off, 6th of 9, 27l behind Big Society (10-11) at Hereford 2m 1f Conditional Nat Hunt Flat Race (4-6yo) (6) sft in Mar.
The Jugopolist (IRE) 13-8fav (10-2) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Kenai Peninsula (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Whisper (FR) 2-1fav (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 5f out, led 4f out, came well clear final 2f, very easily, won at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) gd in Apr beating Cheat The Cheater (11-4) by 15l, 9 ran.