Saga De Tercey has shown little improvement for a drop down the weights and is one to be wary of. In contrast, AUBERGE has hit form with a vengeance and a course and distance hat-trick looks a distinct possibility despite a further 9lb rise. The danger may be Granaruid, though he's been raised 7lb since scoring over a shorter trip here last week. Pyjama Game is much better over fences while Executive's Hall is only a plater nowadays, though is well treated on his old form.
Granaruid (IRE) 3-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, ridden before 4 out, challenged 2 out, soon led, driven out, won at Hexham 2m 4f Amateur Handicap Hurdle (0-120) (4yo+) (4) gd beating Weybridge Light (10-2) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Saga de Tercey (FR) 20-1 (11-7) Prominent, led 2nd, soon headed, stayed close up, led before 3 out, headed approaching 2 out, no extra last, 5th of 14, 18l behind My Lad Percy (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in May.
Auberge (IRE) 7-2fav (11-1) Mid-division, headway 6th, led 4 out, driven out, won at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Granwood (11-12) by 5l, 11 ran.
Big Sound 5-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, not fluent 5th or 7th, ridden after 8th, hampered on bend after next, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 7, 25l behind Salpierre (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in May.
Tribal Dance (IRE) 17-2 (11-2) Held up, ridden and struggling after 5th, tailed off from 8th, 7th of 9, 45l behind Moscow Mule (10-2) at Towcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Merry Minster 50-1 (9-12) Prominent, went 2nd briefly after 2 out, weakened approaching last, 6th of 14, 29l behind Indigo Rock (10-12) at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Pyjama Game (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Chased leader, ridden before 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, well behind Candleford (11-2) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Executive's Hall (IRE) 3-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, ridden after 3 out, went 3rd when bumped last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 16, 9l behind The Good Guy (11-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Birnies Boy 9-1 (11-2) Led to after 3 out, driven and outpaced next, rallied to press winner last, ridden and kept on flat, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Miss Tarantella (10-11) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf in May '11.