Venetian Lad is a standing dish around here but looks too high in the weights after a recent victory at Plumpton. Long Wave is interesting as he's still relatively lightly-raced over fences and has a lot more scope than recent Towcester scorer Morestead but it's about time MILGEN BAY was winning one of these. McCoy takes over the reins from an amateur and Oliver Sherwood's charge almost managed to give 7lb to a very progressive sort in a hunter chase at Southwell last month. He's preferred to the erratic Marcus Antonius and the returning Porters War.
Venetian Lad 9-2 (11-5) Mid-division, headway 4 out, led just after next, hard ridden last, ran on well, won at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in May beating Kastani Beach (11-4) by 6l, 11 ran.
Addiction 12-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders on inside, lost place 8th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Gaye Memories (10-11) at Uttoxeter 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May, 8 ran.
Porters War (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway 5 out, led 2 out, kept on well, won at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Dec beating Mister Wiseman (10-3) by 12l, 7 ran.
Milgen Bay 7-2 (11-11) Led to 4th, chased leaders, chased winner from 2 out, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Popaway (11-4) at Southwell 2m 4f hts chs (6) gd in May.
Marcus Antonius 25-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, jumped right and bumped 2nd, went 3rd before 3 out, stayed on same pace, no impression on winner, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Malibu Sun (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Long Wave (IRE) 2-1fav (11-8) Chased leaders, took closer order 16th, under pressure after 4 out, soon weakened, modest 3rd, 3rd of 7, 29l behind High Ron (11-12) at Southwell 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Whispering Jack 8-1 (10-10) Led until 3 out, weakened quickly, 5th of 6, 34l behind Five Star Wilsham (11-8) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in May.
Morestead (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Made all, pushed along before 3 out, ridden before last, kept on gamely, won at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in May beating Bertie's Desire (11-7) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.