GIFTED LEADER, a useful staying handicapper on the Flat, was having only his second start since 2011 when a close second to Vulcanite at Stratford last month and should be ready to get back on the winning trail. Get Back In Line was around 9l behind that day when strongly fancied but that didn't look his true form and he can do better. Roman Flight ran much better than his starting price suggested at Aintree having previously been a close third at Haydock while King Of Strings landed a bumper on this track on his racecourse debut. Town Mouse will appreciate the quicker conditions than most and ran very well at Ascot last time.
Roman Flight (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Held up mid-divison, headway before 3 out, kept on same pace run-in, 7th of 22, 10l behind Court Minstrel (11-12) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs.
Get Back In Line (IRE) 3-1fav (11-2) Held up behind, headway after 3 out, stayed on to chase leaders before last, never nearer, 5th of 11, 12l behind Vulcanite (11-11) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Seventh Sky (GER) 7-1 (11-6) Behind, headway into mid-division 3 out, ridden after next, kept on same pace, never reached leaders, 6th of 11, 15l behind Vulcanite (11-11) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Absinthe (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, driven to challenge 2 out, soon weakened, last of 6, 32l behind Chat Room (11-12) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Town Mouse 40-1 (11-3) Unruly start, prominent, every chance from 2 out, soon under pressure, not run on, 4th of 12, 4l behind Raven's Tower (11-9) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Gifted Leader (USA) 10-1 (10-6) Tracked leader, challenged 2 out, ridden to lead between last 2, headed approaching last, kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Vulcanite (11-11) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
King Of Strings (IRE) 3-1fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, went 3rd before last, one pace, 4th of 10, 11l behind Hunters Belt (11-4) at Kelso 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft.