Lucy Alexander has done much for lady jump jockeys in landing the conditional title in the season just gone and she has a leading claim here on course winner OR DE GRUGY. Equally at home on heavy or good ground, the eleven-year-old has an especially good record at this venue with four course successes to his name and will hopefully have been nicely freshened up by a 74-day break. It would be fair to say that Captain Americo hasn't really lived up to expectations in recent seasons but he's still not without a chance here if putting his best foot forward, but Storming Gale appears to have enough on at the weights despite being dropped 3lb for his latest effort. You Know Yourself is respected on his latest second to Dun Masc at Newcastle, although his overall patchy form makes him hard to catch right.
Storming Gale (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden after 4 out, kept on same pace, no impression before last, 4th of 7, 11l behind Mcmurrough (11-9) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs.
You Know Yourself (IRE) 17-2 (11-4) Led or disputed lead to 5 out, soon outpaced, rallied and every chance last, led briefly after last, soon headed, kept on, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Dun Masc (10-8) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Captain Americo (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) In touch, weakened after 12th, tailed off 15th, pulled up after 17th, in a race won by Godsmejudge (11-3) at Ayr 4m hcp chs G3 (1) gd, 24 ran.
Or de Grugy (FR) 11-4fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, with leader 4th, outpaced 2 out, kept on from last, just held near finish, 2nd of 8, ns behind Rolecarr (11-1) at Kelso 2m 7f Am hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.
Flying Squad (UAE) 13-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place when mistake 6th, lost touch, 8th, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Blazing Bull (10-1) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar, 8 ran.
Super Ally (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, soon dropped towards rear, tracked leaders 8th, weakened from 5 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Acrai Rua (10-11) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd, 7 ran.
Itzacliche (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) (cp) prom til lost plce aft 8; wl bhnd 15, 4th of 7, 43l behind Temple Green (10-7) at Cumberland Farmers 3m ptp gd.