CAPTAIN CUTTER beat Kings Palace, who has already won twice over hurdles this season, in a Listed bumper at Ascot on his debut. He was also second in a competitive affair at Punchestown in April and it will be disappointing if he can't land this. His trainer also saddles Reverb but he's looked a little one-paced so far. Jack By The Hedge has a penalty to carry courtesy of a victory at Fontwell in May and was only fifth at Exeter last month while winning pointers Mr Grey and Always Smiling may be better for the run.
Jack By The Hedge 40-1 (11-5) In touch, pushed along on inside before 3 out, 5th and one pace from next, 5th of 15, 13l behind Horizontal Speed (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Captain Cutter (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, close 2nd 3f out, soon ridden, 2nd 2f out, kept on same pace without threatening winner final furlong, 2nd of 15, 9l behind Turnandgo (12-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat hvy in Apr.
Fine Words 14-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway 4f out, switched left and bumped over 3f out, carried right over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 9l behind Joanne One (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Here I Am (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 8th after 4 out, soon weakened, 14th of 18, well behind Coolmill (10-11) at Killarney 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in May.
Mr Grey (IRE) 4-5 (12-0) Pr, jnd ldr 4th, wo after 8th, 2l clr appr last where left clr, eased, won at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp gs in Apr beating Ardkeen (12-0) by dis, 9 ran.
Nash Point (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 5f out, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Steel City (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) sft in Mar.
Reverb 15-8fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 5f out until ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 16l behind Factor Fifty (10-8) at Southwell 2m cond NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Always Smiling (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Cl up in mid div, 6th aftr a mile & prog in 4th 4out, rddn to ld bef 2out, so, won at Avaune 3m ire ptp sft in Dec beating Our Katie (11-7) by 3l, 15 ran.
Ifits A Fiddle 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, challenged over 4f out until 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 18, 27l behind Dubai Kiss (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (6) gs in Mar.