SAGREDO was strongly fancied for a handicap on the Flat at Chepstow last month but the ground turned against him. He looks well at present and, potentially leniently treated back over hurdles, can recapture the winning thread here. Manshoor has shown no real improvement for a drop down the weights while Violets Boy was still beaten nine lengths when second at Southwell and more is needed. Valleyofmilan may still be a few pounds too high but Compton Blue is only a pound higher than when winning at Huntingdon in the autumn and makes more appeal than Father Shine and The Fox's Decree, who are better over fences.
Valleyofmilan (IRE) 3-1fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened from next, 3rd of 8, 27l behind Killala Quay (10-12) at Aintree 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jun.
Compton Blue 13-2 (11-6) Took keen hold, chased leaders, driven in 4th beween last 2, weakened before last, 4th of 8, 13l behind Taigan (11-7) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Violets Boy (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Took keen hold, led, headed after 3 out, no impression on winner when mistake last, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Jewel In The Sun (10-8) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Sagredo (USA) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 11th of 17, well behind Lamps (11-9) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.
Father Shine (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, went 2nd 10th until after 3 out, soon outpaced, left poor 2nd at the last, 2nd of 10, 30l behind Blackwell Synergy (11-7) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
The Fox's Decree 20-1 (11-10) Held up mid-division, headway before 4 out, chased leaders before 2 out, kept on from last, 5th of 16, 22l behind Vinnie My Boy (11-10) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Manshoor (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway after 7th, outpaced after 3 out, no impression on leaders from next, one pace, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Storm To Pass (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp hld 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Fitandproperjob 50-1 (10-1) Behind, chased leaders under pressure 3 out, soon beaten, 5th of 12, 14l behind Busted Tycoon (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jun.
Exit To Freedom 25-1 (9-13) Prominent, ridden after 3 out, every chance 2 out, edged right after last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Church Field (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May.
Oniz Tiptoes (IRE) 5-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along 6th, weakened 4 out, detached when fell 3 out, in a race won by Solis (10-9) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Apr, 8 ran.