SILVER GENT showed plenty of battling qualities to get off the mark at Perth on only his third start over hurdles. He doesn't look particularly well handicapped and will need more here but is at least still heading in the right direction, which is more than you can say about the majority of today's rivals. Milano Magic is likely to be doing his best work at the finish and may be the danger as Wetherby scorer Ballythomas was well beaten off today's mark at Ayr earlier. Riskier has won five times over fences but never over hurdles and is worth opposing again while Wayne Manor is 4lb higher than when second at Wetherby.
Ballythomas 10-1 (10-11) Made all, pressed last, left in command, kept on well, won at Wetherby 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr beating Ready Token (11-0) by 2l, 13 ran.
Native Spa (IRE) 3-1fav (10-10) With leaders, led 4 out, headed before 3 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 5th of 8, 29l behind Askamore Darsi (11-1) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Milano Magic (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, kept on to take 2nd run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 16, 10l behind Shooting Times (10-7) at Perth 3m am hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Northern Executive (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Tracked leaders 3rd, ridden and kept on from last, one pace, 4th of 12, 17l behind Oscar Tanner (11-0) at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun.
Silver Gent (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Made all, ridden before last, just held on, won at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Mo Rouge (11-0) by hd, 11 ran.
Riskier 16-1 (10-1) Led to 4th, chased leaders, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 8, 27l behind Getabuzz (11-10) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp hdl (2) gd in Mar.
Marrakech Trader (NZ) 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division, no chance with leaders from 4th, 6th of 14, 28l behind Mohawk Ridge (11-6) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Wayne Manor (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4 out, led 2 out, ridden and headed last, not pace of winner run-in, 2nd of 17, 5l behind Rayadour (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Highland Cathedral 50-1 (10-10) With leader, led before 5th, headed before 2 out, every chance run-in, kept on and just held, 2nd of 12, nk behind Rayadour (9-13) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Pennine Josie 100-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, 8th of 10, well behind Nesterenko (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gs in Mar.
Mighty Cliche (IRE) 150-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, some headway after 5th, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 14, 33l behind Frankie's Promise (11-6) at Hexham 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
High Fair 25-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, reminders bend after 5th, plugged on, never involved, 8th of 17, 18l behind Rayadour (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Bollin Julie 4-1 (10-1) Mid-division, headway 7th, challenged going well after 4 out, led next, wandered in front, driven out, won at Newcastle 3m cnd nov hcp hdl (5) sft in Mar beating Heron's Mill (11-0) by 3l, 9 ran.