Drumlang has been raised a couple of pounds since finishing third at Uttoxeter, which seems harsh, but Julie Prince in entitled to be thereabouts again off his current mark and Shalamiyr has been in good form at Worcester of late. VERTUEUX only managed one win in 19 starts over hurdles but has won twice on the Flat recently and didn't run badly back over obstacles here last time. The grey looks nicely treated if his jumping holds up and he gets a tentative vote as Think Its All Over, another Flat winner, may need this run.
Drumlang (IRE) 11-4fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, went 2nd 4 out, challenged 2 out until last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 7, 3l behind The Nephew (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Julie Prince (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Led, clear after 4th until next, headed 3 out, stayed on same pace flat, no impression on winner, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Walcot Lathyrus (11-7) at Worcester 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Prickles 20-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 16, 27l behind Ivebeenthinking (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Shalamiyr (FR) 9-4fav (11-9) Tracked leader until before 4 out, stayed on same pace, went 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Walcot Lathyrus (11-7) at Worcester 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Vertueux (FR) 10-1 (11-2) Chased leaders in 4th, pushed along and weakened before 3 out, 4th of 8, 19l behind Alwaystheoptimist (11-10) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Think Its All Over (USA) 4-1 (11-4) Led, soon clear, not fluent 5th, headed before 2 out, weakened flat, 6th of 15, 17l behind Castlemorris King (11-4) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Apr.
Tinelyra (IRE) 7-4fav (11-12) Led, clear to 6th, headed when hit 3 out, soon one pace, no chance with front pair before from next, 3rd of 9, 20l behind Midnight Charmer (10-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp 0-100 (5) gs.
The Absent Mare 40-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, closed 10th, outpaced before 3 out where left 4th, no impression when fell 2 out, in a race won by Foreverpresenting (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 4f beg chs (4) gf in Jul, 7 ran.
Carobello (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Led, mistake 1st, headed 6th, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 11, well behind Drop Out Joe (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Sep.
Quantique (FR) 11-2 (10-6) Held up, not fluent 2nd, mistake 6th, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Goat Castle (10-1) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Sep.